Saddam Hussein executed in Iraq

” Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has been executed by hanging at a secure facility in northern Baghdad for crimes against humanity.

Iraqi TV said the execution took place just before 0600 local time (0300GMT). A representative of the prime minister and a Sunni Muslim cleric were present.

Footage of him being led to the gallows was later shown on Iraqi state TV.

Two co-defendants, Saddam Hussein’s half-brother and a former chief judge, are to be executed at a later date.

All three were sentenced to death by an Iraqi court on 5 November after a year-long trial over the 1982 killings of 148 Shias in the town of Dujail.

In a statement Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri Maliki said the execution had closed a dark chapter in Iraq’s history.

“Justice, in the name of the people, has carried out the death sentence against the criminal Saddam, who faced his fate like all tyrants, frightened and terrified during a hard day which he did not expect,” it read.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/6218485.stm

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~ by usma on 30, December, 2006.

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