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Court Upholds Saddam's Conviction; Will Hang Within 30 Days

Reuters : An Iraqi appeals court on Tuesday upheld Saddam Hussein's death sentence for crimes against humanity and said he should hang within 30

saddam.jpg Reuters :

An Iraqi appeals court on Tuesday upheld Saddam Hussein's death sentence for crimes against humanity and said he should hang within 30 days.

"The appeal court has approved the death sentence. They (the government) has the right to choose the date starting from tomorrow up to 30 days. After 30 days it will be an obligation to implement the sentence," the head of the Iraqi High Tribunal, Aref Abdul-Razzaq al-Shahin, told a news conference.

[..]"Amnesty International is very disappointed about this decision," a spokeswoman for the human rights organisation said.

"We are against the death penalty as a matter of principle but particulary in this case because it comes after a flawed trial."

Saddam's chief defence counsel Khalil al-Dulaimi told Reuters from Amman: "If they dare implement the sentence it will be a catastrophe for the region and will only deepen the sectarian infighting." Read full article here


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