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Iraq court begins Saddam verdict
BBC ^ | November 6, 2006

Posted on 11/05/2006 12:33:24 AM PST by Jedi Master Pikachu

A court in Baghdad has begun its session to deliver the verdict in the trial of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein for crimes against humanity.

Saddam Hussein and seven co-defendants were charged with killing 148 villagers in the mostly Shia town of Dujail.

If found guilty, Saddam could be sentenced to death.

A total curfew was imposed on Baghdad and two other provinces ahead of the verdict, amid fears of a violent reaction from Saddam's supporters.


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To: Jedi Master Pikachu
And, at last, from the BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6117910.stm .
51 posted on 11/05/2006 1:13:27 AM PST by Jedi Master Pikachu ( One billion Americans.)
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu

Now the talking heads are "analyzing" the verdicts. The court is ajourning.


52 posted on 11/05/2006 1:13:49 AM PST by SpaceBar
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Note: The following news brief is a quote:

http://www.news.com.au/sundaytelegraph/story/0,22049,20705745-5001028,00.html

Guilty verdicts for Saddam co-accused
From correspondents in Baghdad
November 05, 2006 12:00

Article from: Agence France-Presse

THE verdict hearing of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is underway in Baghdad with three of his co-accused found guilty of murder and torture and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Saddam Hussein deputy and former vice president Taha Yassin Ramadan was sentenced to life in prison as verdicts were issued in the deposed Iraqi leader's trial for crimes against humanity.

A former Baath Party official, Mohammed Azawi Ali, was acquitted and immediately freed for lack of evidence.

More follows...


53 posted on 11/05/2006 1:14:16 AM PST by Cindy
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To: SpaceBar

Your help here was/is very much appreciated.


54 posted on 11/05/2006 1:14:44 AM PST by Jedi Master Pikachu ( One billion Americans.)
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu

Courtney Kealy, FOXNEWS producer in Baghdad, giving a graphic description from inside the courtroom. I sure hope FOX NEWS post her entire description online, of Saddam's behavior and the process.

The judge threw Ramsey Clark out of the courtroom before the verdicts were read.


55 posted on 11/05/2006 1:15:29 AM PST by YaYa123
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To: Cindy

Much appreciated.


56 posted on 11/05/2006 1:15:33 AM PST by Jedi Master Pikachu ( One billion Americans.)
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu

You are welcome. I realize many don't have a TV in front of them so I tried to give a blow by blow. We now return to our regularly scheduled programming.


57 posted on 11/05/2006 1:15:49 AM PST by SpaceBar
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WATCHING THE BLOGS:

http://blogsearch.google.com/blogsearch?hl=en&q=Iraq&ie=UTF-8&scoring=d


58 posted on 11/05/2006 1:16:22 AM PST by Cindy
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu

Thank you.


59 posted on 11/05/2006 1:16:40 AM PST by Cindy
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu

Perhaps T-H-I-S will constitute our "November" Surprise!! Ever wonder what that judge was thinking announcing this on November 5th...just two days before we all go to the polls????


Nancee


60 posted on 11/05/2006 1:17:38 AM PST by Nancee
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Note: The following news brief is a quote:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6117910.stm

Last Updated: Sunday, 5 November 2006, 09:10 GMT

E-mail this to a friend Printable version
Death penalty for Saddam Hussein

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 co-defendant former judge Awad Hamed al-Bander was also sentenced to death. Former vice-president Taha Yassin Ramadan got life in jail.

Three others received 15 year prison terms, another official was acquitted.


61 posted on 11/05/2006 1:18:03 AM PST by Cindy
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To: YaYa123

Now would be an ideal time to invalidate Ramsey Clark's US entry visa.


62 posted on 11/05/2006 1:18:23 AM PST by SpaceBar
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To: YaYa123
The judge threw Ramsey Clark out of the courtroom before the verdicts were read.

Dang. I was hoping he was one of the co-defendants.
63 posted on 11/05/2006 1:18:41 AM PST by Question Liberal Authority (Saddam Hussein Had A Nuclear Weapons Program)
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WATCHING THE BLOGS...

http://hotair.com/archives/2006/11/05/saddam-sentenced-to-death-by-hanging/

http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=23226_Saddam_Verdict_Coming_Soon#comments


64 posted on 11/05/2006 1:20:09 AM PST by Cindy
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To: Cobra64

Because Ramsey Clark thinks he's better than anyone else and the judge showed him how wrong he was.


65 posted on 11/05/2006 1:20:21 AM PST by screaming eagle2 (No matter what you call it,a pre-owned vehicle is still a USED CAR!)
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To: SpaceBar

Ditto that.


66 posted on 11/05/2006 1:20:29 AM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy

Quote: “I will die with honor and with no fear, with pride for my country and my Arab nation but the U.S. occupiers will leave in humiliation and defeat,” they quoted Saddam as saying. “They will see rivers of blood for years to come. It will dwarf Vietnam.”


67 posted on 11/05/2006 1:21:16 AM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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Note: The following news brief is a quote:

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1162378328045&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Nov. 5, 2006 11:06
Saddam Hussein sentenced to death by hanging
By JPOST.COM STAFF AND AP

Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death by hanging on Sunday for crimes against humanity.

Hussein's deputy and former vice president Taha Yassin Ramadan was sentenced to life in prison, while a former Baath Party official, Mohammed Azawi Ali, was acquitted and immediately freed for lack of evidence.

Three other party officials, including a father and son, were sentenced to up to 15 years in prison for torture and premeditated murder.


68 posted on 11/05/2006 1:21:54 AM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy

It is being reported that the verdict was heard on four Iraqi TV stations and the populace is aware of the outcome.


69 posted on 11/05/2006 1:22:10 AM PST by SpaceBar
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To: FreedomCalls

I didn't know that Saddam thinks of himself as a KLingon.


70 posted on 11/05/2006 1:22:51 AM PST by screaming eagle2 (No matter what you call it,a pre-owned vehicle is still a USED CAR!)
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To: SpaceBar

Nice idea ,but he just go to the Mexican border and cross illegally


71 posted on 11/05/2006 1:24:23 AM PST by screaming eagle2 (No matter what you call it,a pre-owned vehicle is still a USED CAR!)
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To: Nancee

The democratic leadership must be having cows right about now.


72 posted on 11/05/2006 1:25:28 AM PST by screaming eagle2 (No matter what you call it,a pre-owned vehicle is still a USED CAR!)
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To: screaming eagle2
I don't know if it's relevant to this thread, but I believe the brit sounding reporter on CNN is the same one who did the voiceover for the controversial sniper video a few weeks ago.
73 posted on 11/05/2006 1:25:51 AM PST by SpaceBar
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To: JohnathanRGalt; backhoe

Watching the PROPAGANDA On The Net...


http://press-release.blogspot.com/
http://albayanat.blogspot.com/

http://www.albasrah.net
http://www.albasrah.net/en_articles_2006/1106/iraqiresistancereport_041106.htm


74 posted on 11/05/2006 1:26:42 AM PST by Cindy
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To: SpaceBar

OPINION: I see a number of Iraqi blogs haven't been updated yet, so I don't know how widespread the verdict is.


75 posted on 11/05/2006 1:28:29 AM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy

Saddam's verdict being read now (taped).


76 posted on 11/05/2006 1:30:31 AM PST by SpaceBar
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http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article1956947.ece

"Saddam sentenced to hang"
AP
Published: 05 November 2006


ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Sectarian tensions have been running high in Iraq in the run-up to today's hearing, with a major security clampdown in force.

A 12-hour curfew imposed in Baghdad and three other provinces - including Salahuddin, which contains Saddam's home town of Tikrit."


77 posted on 11/05/2006 1:31:37 AM PST by Cindy
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To: SpaceBar

Yep, I'm listening to it.

Saddam is pissed.


78 posted on 11/05/2006 1:32:10 AM PST by Cindy
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To: SpaceBar

After the verdict was read Saddam said "damn you and your court". He was holding a Clinton sized Koran.


79 posted on 11/05/2006 1:32:29 AM PST by SpaceBar
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http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_1161.html

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
This information is current as of today, Sun Nov 05 2006 01:33:44 GMT-0800.

Worldwide Caution
October 11, 2006


80 posted on 11/05/2006 1:33:58 AM PST by Cindy
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Note: The following post is a quote:
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1732585/posts


Saddam, half brother sentenced to death
Yahoo News (AP) ^ | November 5, 2006 | Staff

Posted on 11/05/2006 1:32:50 AM PST by John Carey

Saddam Hussein and his half brother were convicted and sentenced Sunday to death by hanging for war crimes in the 1982 killings of 148 people in the town of Dujail, as the visibly shaken former leader shouted "God is great!"

After the verdict was read, a trembling Saddam yelled out, "Life for the glorious nation, and death to its enemies!"

In addition to the former Iraqi dictator and Barzan Ibrahim, his half brother, the Iraqi High Tribunal convicted and sentenced Awad Hamed al-Bandar, the head of Iraq's former Revolutionary Court, to death by hanging. Iraq's former Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan was convicted of premeditated murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Three other co-defendants were convicted of murder and torture and sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.

One defendant was acquitted for lack of evidence.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


81 posted on 11/05/2006 1:34:57 AM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy

Huzzah!

Too bad this news isn't followed by:

"The hangings will be held at dawn".

The world can't be rid of these monsters too soon. Every day they are allowed to breathe, their continued presence brings hope and purpose to the thugs that have and continue to support them.


82 posted on 11/05/2006 1:37:10 AM PST by Kommodor (Terrorist, Journalist or Democrat? I can't tell the difference.)
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To: Cindy

There is celebratory gunfire being heard in the streets.


83 posted on 11/05/2006 1:37:42 AM PST by SpaceBar
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu

Isn't it ironic how Saddam is yelping "long live the people of Iraq" when he himself killed more Iraqis than anyone else?


84 posted on 11/05/2006 1:37:44 AM PST by LibSnubber (Liberal democrats are domestic terrorists)
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To: SpaceBar

85 posted on 11/05/2006 1:38:24 AM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: SpaceBar

There is gunfire...unsure how much is celebratory (but grinning...I bet a lot of it is by celebrants).


86 posted on 11/05/2006 1:39:04 AM PST by Cindy
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To: Kommodor

I hear you.

Once the sentences are carried out, the business of the country healing may start in earnest in all parts of Iraq.


87 posted on 11/05/2006 1:40:21 AM PST by Cindy
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1732587/posts

"Reasons to pray for Saddam and for his salvation [VANITY]"
11-5-06 | Silly

Posted on 11/05/2006 1:40:08 AM PST by Silly


88 posted on 11/05/2006 1:41:38 AM PST by Cindy
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu; All
I would like to remind everyone that this verdict was purchased at the cost of over 2,000 American lives.

Let us all take a moment to thank God above that we live in in a country which is blessed by the Almighty with the ability to produce such people.

Soon in Iraq there will be celebratory gunfire. Then there will come the inevitable reprisals against those who dared to stand up against this cheap thug who fancied himself God. Many of the people involved in bringing him to justice will soon pay for their courage with their very lives.

It will be left to us who are left here to remember those who have paid and will pay the ultimate price for simple human freedom and dignity.

Do not forget those who have sacrificed and those who are still sacrificing for this.

Were it not for one American Saddam would still be in power. He and his band of thugs would still be terrorizing, torturing, raping, and killing his own people in order to keep themselves in power.

Were it not for the courage of one single person, Iraqis would still be cowering in fear of this man Hussein. When most of the 'civilized' world and indeed many in his own country were against him this one man knew what needed to be done.

He knew that he was taking a terrible risk. He knew that he was going to be vilified, slandered, and mocked. Yet in spite of all this he chose to go ahead and do the right thing. He wagered the blood and treasure of the mightiest Nation the world had ever seen against the power of this evil punk and he prevailed.

History will judge this man kindly no matter what happens next week.

The man I write of is our President, George Bush.

Never before in the history of mankind has such an evil tyrant been deposed from power so easily. I do not say that lightly. Every single American who gave his or her life over there is a jewel beyond price. But the lives saved are inestimable.

"He who saves one life, saves the World entire".

Our President, George Bush, has saved countless lives with his courage, leadership, and willingness to take decisive action when literally the rest of the world was willing to treat with this cheap, vile, murderous thug.

For this reason alone he deserves a place in History singular to himself.

We can not, we must not, we will not allow this man, our President to lose what he and all of us have fought so hard for next week.

Vote.

Vote like your lives depend on it. Make no mistake about it, your lives and the lives of everyone you hold dear do indeed depend on it.

For no other reason than this, George Bush has earned the right to a majority in both Houses of Congress for the next two years.

L

89 posted on 11/05/2006 1:42:18 AM PST by Lurker (A liberal thinks they can sleep in, and someone will cover their lame ass. Ted Nugent)
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To: Lurker

Bump.


90 posted on 11/05/2006 1:43:21 AM PST by Howlin (Why Won't Nancy Pelosi Let Louis Freeh Investigate the Page Scandal?)
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To: Lurker
Well said, Lurker. Thank you and praise the Lord for all who sacrificed their lives and who are still in harm's way to bring these thugs to justice.


91 posted on 11/05/2006 1:45:06 AM PST by SheLion (When you're right, take up the fight!!!!!)
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1732577/posts

http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30000-13550448,00.html

"Saddam Hussein To Hang"
Updated: 09:41, Sunday November 05, 2006

ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Saddam Hussein will be sentenced to death by hanging after being found guilty of crimes against humanity.

Visibly shaken, he shouted: "Allahu Akbar!" (God is Greatest) and "Long live the nation!", pointing defiantly at the judge.

Looking angry, defiant and bitter as the verdict was delivered, he continued to shout "Long live the people and death to their enemies. Long live the glorious nation, and death to its enemies!"

He had earlier refused to stand for the verdict and had to be lifted to his feet by two court bailiffs.

"Make him stand," the judge ordered as the former president stayed seated."


92 posted on 11/05/2006 1:45:47 AM PST by Cindy
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To: Lurker

Nicely done! BTT!


93 posted on 11/05/2006 1:46:40 AM PST by Theresawithanh (Every time I hear the word "exercise", I wash my mouth out with chocolate.)
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To: Lurker

"Do not forget those who have sacrificed and those who are still sacrificing for this.
Were it not for one American Saddam would still be in power."


I will never forget, Lurker.


94 posted on 11/05/2006 1:46:49 AM PST by Cindy
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To: Lurker

Very nice post. Puts it all into perspective.


95 posted on 11/05/2006 1:47:36 AM PST by SpaceBar
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To: SpaceBar

96 posted on 11/05/2006 1:49:19 AM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=iraq

http://www.foxnews.com/world/iraq/index.html



http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,227574,00.html
AP
"Iraqi Tribunal Sentences Saddam Hussein to Hang"
Sunday, November 05, 2006


97 posted on 11/05/2006 2:00:01 AM PST by Cindy
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Previously...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1732595/posts


"Saddam trial judge ejects Ramsey Clark (Saddam sentencing)"
Alertnet ^ | Nov. 4, 2006 | n/a

Posted on 11/05/2006 2:01:23 AM PST by Las Vegas Dave


98 posted on 11/05/2006 2:06:54 AM PST by Cindy
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Breaking:

It was just announced by the lead prosecutor in the Saddam trial during the post verdict news conference that legal proceedings against Ramsey Clark for disrupting the court and insulting the judge are being considered.


100 posted on 11/05/2006 2:56:32 AM PST by SpaceBar
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