Justice for the thousands of Victims of Saddam: He is to Hang

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.

Saddam Hussein shouted out "Allahu Akbar!" (God is Greatest) and "Long live Iraq. Long live the Iraqi people!" after the judge announced the verdict.

Correspondents say the former leader looked visibly shocked as the sentence was passed, but the BBC's world affairs editor John Simpson said that as he was led away 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.

BBC News

3 Responses to “Justice for the thousands of Victims of Saddam: He is to Hang”

  1. # Anonymous Maggie

    I have no objections to this piece of s***t being hanged. I wonder if they will hire a crane and hoist him in the air until pronounced dead. You know, remember that 16 year old girl accused and convicted of crimes against chastity. I somehow doubt it.  

  2. # Blogger jonz

    I just checked the BBC site, a link entitled "Saddam verdict: Voices from Iraq". The first comment selected by the BBC starts off

    "The verdict is unfair - Saddam has not committed any of the crimes that he has been accused of."

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/talking_point/6118464.stm  

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