Saddam hanged


U.S.-backed Iraqi television station Al Hurra said Saddam Hussein had been executed by hanging shortly before 6 a.m. (0300 GMT) on Saturday.

Arabic satellite channel Arabiya also reported the execution had taken place.

The former Iraqi president ousted in April 2003 by a U.S.-led invasion was convicted in November of crimes against humanity over the killings of 148 Shi'ite villagers from Dujail after a failed assassination bid in 1982.


The execution will delight Iraq's majority Shi'ites, who faced oppression during Saddam's three-decade rule, but may anger some in his resentful Sunni minority.

Some Kurdish leaders had sought a delay so they too could see justice for the man they accuse of genocide against them.

Good riddance. This is the CNN story on the execution.

Right now the news services are relying on the Iraqi television reports. None are reporting any violence as a result of the execution. I would not be surprised to see reports of celebratory gunfire soon.

The famous Texas defense lawyer Percy Foreman often argued that his clients victims deserved to die, when he was saving them from the death penalty. Saddam Hussein also deserved to die. His career as a genocidal despot ended three years ago, and his career as a ranting defendant in the dock is now over.

The BBC reports that Saddam's half brother Barzan al-Tikriti and former Iraqi chief judge Awad Hamed al-Bandar, were also executed.


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