Saddam Guilty, Sentenced to Hang.

05Nov06

Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has been convicted of crimes against humanity by a Baghdad court and sentenced to death by hanging.

He was found guilty over his role in the killing of 148 people in the mainly Shia town of Dujail in 1982.

His brother Barzan al-Tikriti was also sentenced to death, as was Iraq’s former chief judge Awad Hamed al-Bander

Former vice-president Taha Yassin Ramadan got life in jail and three others received 15 year prison terms.
Another co-defendant, Baath party official Mohammed Azawi Ali, was acquitted.

When called to court, Saddam Hussein, dressed in his usual dark suit and white shirt and carrying a Koran, walked to his customary seat and sat down.

Judge Rauf Abdel Rahman ordered Saddam Hussein to stand while he read out the verdict, but the former president defiantly refused to do so and had to be moved from his seat by court attendants.

As the judge began reading the death sentence Saddam Hussein shouted out “Allahu Akbar!” (God is Greatest) and “Long live Iraq! Long live the Iraqi people! Down with the traitors!”

The former leader looked shocked and furious as the sentence was passed, and continued to shout, denouncing the court, the judge and the US-led occupation force in Iraq.

But the BBC’s world affairs editor John Simpson said that after his tirade, as he was led away from the courtroom, Saddam Hussein seemed to have a small smile on his face.

“It was as if he was thinking ‘I’ve come here and done what I intended to do’,” our correspondent said.

Celebratory gunfire

Shortly after the verdict was announced celebratory gunfire could be heard across Baghdad.

The whole city of six million people has been placed under a 12-hour daytime curfew that bans all vehicle and pedestrian traffic amid fears of violence from Saddam Hussein’s Sunni Arab supporters.

THE SENTENCES

  • Saddam Hussein , former Iraqi president: death by hanging
  • Awad Hamed al-Bander , Chief Judge of Revolutionary Court: death by hanging
  • Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti , Saddam Hussein’s half-brother: death by hanging
  • Taha Yasin Ramadan , Iraqi vice-president: life sentence
  • Abdullah Kadhem Ruaid Senior Baath official: 15 years
  • Abdullah Rawed Mizher , Senior Baath official: 15 years
  • Ali Daeem Ali , Senior Baath official: 15 years

The government cancelled all army leave and the city’s civilian airport has been closed.Three nearby provinces, including Salahuddin, which contains Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, are also under curfew.

Almost three years since Saddam Hussein was captured, soaring sectarian violence has brought Iraq to the brink of civil war.

Few Iraqis think the trial verdict will ease conflict, the BBC’s Andrew North in Baghdad says.

Even those Iraqis who want to see their former leader dead do not believe his execution would make things any better, our correspondent says.

‘Victors’ justice’

Many critics have dismissed the trial as a form of victors’ justice, given the close attention the US has paid to it.

Lawyers for Saddam Hussein have also accused the government of interfering in the proceedings – a complaint backed by US group Human Rights Watch.

And the former leader’s lawyers have attacked the timing of the planned verdict, which comes days before the US votes in mid-term elections.

US President George W Bush’s Republican Party is at risk of losing control of Congress in part because of voter dissatisfaction over its handling of the Iraq conflict. In a televised speech on Saturday, Nouri Maliki, Iraq’s Shia Arab prime minister, said he hoped Saddam Hussein would get “what he deserves” for “crimes against the Iraqi people”.

Ahead of the verdict Mr Maliki called for calm, saying that Iraqis should mark it in a way that “does not risk their lives”.

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Personally, I would rather see him sit in a jail for the rest of your life… What goes around comes around Saddam.



13 Responses to “Saddam Guilty, Sentenced to Hang.”

  1. ALF MABROUK, FINALLY…i’ve been waiting for this day for so long!

  2. go figure
    just when the american midterm elections are around the corner
    :8

    wow k, 3 posts in one day!

  3. 3 k

    Brava Valentia
    Allah ybarak feech .. me too!

    Yazeed:
    The republicans need something to back them up .. 😉

    I filled my posts quota for the month .. next post, december. 😛

  4. i agree with u. am against capital punishment. its a higher punishment if they threw him in a cell for the rest of his life. He had it coming!

  5. Right K…he should be in prison forever till he rots…death sentence wasn’t the right decision..

  6. 6 white wings

    if any one deserves the death penalty, it would be Saddam, but I capital punishment is not a penalty I support, what should I feel at the moment?

  7. He’s Broke, and now I hope he Burns in Hell! Off With His Head!

  8. I like the jail idea. Why not have him in an underground jail with holes at the top so people can poop and pee on him? Then he’ll die from infections. I call that “Natural Capital Punishment.”

    I also think they have been VERY VERY lenient with him treatment-wise. They should have “cha3mee” ‘ed him and not let him get away with his smug behavior. Humiliate him if you might.

    148 people? Pishhh….How about adding a couple of zeroes at the end of that number.

    PS I was always amused by the name “Barzan” (the Tarzan).

  9. And I think death by hanging is the softest approach. Your neck breaks and then you’re in Purgatory. However, some difficulties can arise i.e. something goes wrong (or right?) and the executed gets choked to death.

    K, where will the hanging take place?

  10. 10 Boss

    Hanging or other forms of execution = Martyrdom in the eyes of those who continue to fight in his name. Perhaps there’s a better way to do it – a way that WON’T make him look like a former national hero taken down by a puppet government.

    But I do like the poop jail idea…

  11. 11 McGregor

    Saddam should get what he deserves after he killed the jews in WW2! America Rules!

  12. 12 McGregor

    The war on terror involves Saddam Hussein because of the nature of Saddam Hussein, the history of Saddam Hussein, and his willingness to terrorize himself.

  13. 13 Rimo

    I thought i was dreaming lama shift bil news inna 7kemaw 3alaih bil i3dam..
    I wasted lain shift il khabar bil jareeda yalla istaw3abt inna 9ij!
    Well, he Worked so hard 3ashan yinsheniq and he earned it ;P


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