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  • ‘Chemical’ Ali Executed in Iraq

    01/25/2010 10:17:43 AM PST · by Ben Mugged · 10 replies · 1,069+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 25, 2010 | NADA BAKRI
    A well-known face of the former government of Saddam Hussein widely known as Chemical Ali was executed Monday for ordering a gas attack on a Kurdish village in northern Iraq and for his role in other attacks that became notorious symbols of Mr. Hussein’s tenure. An Iraqi court had sentenced the man, Ali Hassan al-Majid, to death by hanging last week. He is known here as Chemical Ali because of the attack on the village of Halabja, in which more than 5,000 Kurds died. “I congratulate the Iraqi people for this sentence,” said a lawmaker, Safia Suhail. It was Mr....
  • 'Chemical Ali' executed, Iraqi government spokesman says

    01/25/2010 9:09:45 AM PST · by Second Amendment First · 32 replies · 876+ views
    CNN ^ | January 254, 2010
    Saddam Hussein's cousin Ali Hassan al-Majeed -- also known as Chemical Ali -- was executed Monday, an Iraqi government spokesman said. He was hanged after having been convicted on 13 counts of killings and genocide, Ali al-Dabagh said.
  • Senior Aide to Hussein Sentenced to 15 Years

    03/12/2009 12:40:57 AM PDT · by managusta · 10 replies · 606+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 12, 2009 | Marc Santora
    BAGHDAD — Tariq Aziz, the senior aide to Saddam Hussein who gained international renown as the public face of Iraq during the Persian Gulf war in 1991, was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Wednesday for crimes against humanity. It is the second verdict to be issued in a case involving Mr. Aziz, 73. Earlier this month he was acquitted on charges of ordering a brutal crackdown against Shiite protesters after the assassination of a revered cleric. He still faces charges in a third trial involving a massacre of Kurds in 1983. Two of Mr. Hussein’s half brothers, Watban...
  • Iraqi Journalist Who Threw Shoes Gets 3 Years

    03/12/2009 2:47:29 AM PDT · by james500 · 24 replies · 1,079+ views
    AP ^ | 3/12/2009 | HAMZA HENDAWI
    The attorney for an Iraqi journalist who threw shoes at then-President George W. Bush says his client has been sentenced to three years in prison for assaulting a foreign leader. ... Al-Zeidi says his action was a "natural response to the occupation" and shouted "long live Iraq" when the verdict was read.
  • Iraqi who threw shoes at Bush jailed for 3 years

    03/12/2009 6:47:54 AM PDT · by BraveMan · 18 replies · 721+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 3/12/09 | HAMZA HENDAWI
    BAGHDAD – The Iraqi journalist who threw shoes at then-President George W. Bush was convicted Thursday of assaulting a foreign leader and sentenced to three years in prison, lawyers said. He defiantly shouted "long live Iraq" when the sentence was read.
  • Iraqi Court Sentences Saddam's Top Henchmen

    03/11/2009 10:21:18 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 8 replies · 448+ views
    Fox News ^ | March 11, 2009 | Fox News
    Iraq's former deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz and Saddam Hussein's hatchetman "Chemical Ali" Hassan al-Majid have been sentenced to 15 years in jail for crimes against humanity. Aziz and Majid, and six other defendants who were charged over the 1992 murders of 42 Baghdad traders, could have been sentenced to death.
  • Tariq Aziz guilty of Iraq murders (15 years slammer)

    03/11/2009 6:50:43 AM PDT · by SolidWood · 37 replies · 2,864+ views
    BBC News ^ | 11 March 2009 | BBC
    Tariq Aziz guilty of Iraq murders Aziz surrendered to US troops in 2003 Tariq Aziz, for many years the public face of Saddam Hussein's Iraqi regime, has been jailed for 15 years for his role in the execution of 42 merchants. Aziz had denied any role in the summary trials of the men accused in 1992 of profiteering during economic sanctions. Two of Saddam Hussein's half-brothers were also found guilty and sentenced to death by a court in Baghdad. Another top official, Ali Hassan al-Majid - commonly known as Chemical Ali - was jailed for 15 years. Two other Iraqi...
  • Iraqi court acquits former top aide to Saddam Hussein (But "Chemical Ali" Found Guilty)

    03/02/2009 12:27:40 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 3 replies · 498+ views
    Herald Tribune ^ | 3-2-09 | Steven Lee Myers
    Iraq's special criminal court Monday acquitted Tariq Aziz, the man who once served as the urbane, cigar-smoking public face of Saddam Hussein's rule, delivering the most significant not-guilty verdict in a series of prosecutions for crimes against humanity that occurred before the U.S. invasion in 2003. Aziz, who will turn 73 next month, remained in custody, facing charges in two other cases. Only hours after his acquittal, he appeared before another judge to defend himself against charges that he was involved in a massacre of Kurds in 1983. Even so, the verdict - the first in a case against him...
  • Abu Ghraib prison is reopening under Iraqi control(video)

    02/21/2009 2:17:48 PM PST · by Askwhy5times · 2 replies · 725+ views
    The Intellectual Redneck ^ | February 21, 2009 | The Intellectual Redneck
    Abu Ghraib prison is reopening under Iraqi control(video). Abu Ghraib prison is reopening under Iraqi control. The prison was closed in 2006. It was handed over to the Iraqis and never used in any significant way until now. Abu Ghraib will now be called the "Baghdad Central Prison". We can all sleep well knowing the Iraqis treat their prisoners in a more humane manner than the Americans did. If you believe that, you have stopped drinking the Cool-aid and started eating the powder straight from the package.
  • Bush's "icy smile" enraged Iraq shoe-thrower

    02/19/2009 10:25:58 AM PST · by Indian_Fighter_Kite · 36 replies · 2,379+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2/19/2009 | Khalid al-Ansary
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) – An Iraqi reporter who hurled his shoes at George W. Bush said in the past he had videotaped himself practising the Arab insult to use against the president whose "icy smile" had filled him with uncontrollable rage. Muntazer al-Zaidi said on Thursday at the start of his trial in Baghdad on charges of assaulting a foreign leader that he took a recording of his shoe-throwing training two years ago and had hoped to accost Bush in Jordan but this did not take place.
  • Iraqi Police and Judges Work More Closely to Solve Crimes

    02/10/2009 3:50:51 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 263+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Joe Thompson, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq, Feb. 10, 2009 – Historically in Iraqi culture, police and judges didn’t work with each other to solve cases. That is beginning to change as the nascent police investigative branch in Iraq’s Wasit province is working hand-in-hand with the province’s investigative judges. Art Oates, a law enforcement professional from Houston, teaches soldiers how to enter data into handheld identity detection equipment. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Joe Thompson  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “Our relationship with the Iraqi police is good,” said the chief judge in Hayy, Iraq, whose name is...
  • Iraqi Legal System Continues to Strengthen

    02/02/2009 5:52:49 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 310+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Josh LeCappelain, USA
    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq, Feb. 2, 2009 – As the Iraqi security forces continue to improve their ability to protect Iraq’s people, a strong judicial branch that can help bring criminals to justice becomes increasingly important. “I think the [Iraqi legal system] is improving,” Army Capt. Ronald Alcala, Multinational Division Center’s rule of law chief, said. Coalition forces have had a huge impact by helping to professionalize the Iraqi forces and providing training on crime-scene management and investigative procedures, he added. The Iraqi legal system places more of an emphasis on testimonial evidence, usually from two or more witnesses, and less...
  • Iraqi Court Sentences Chemical Ali To Death

    12/02/2008 7:23:24 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 12 replies · 436+ views
    All Headline News ^ | December 2, 2008 | AHN Staff
    Baghdad, Iraq (AHN) - A special Iraqi court has sentenced Ali Hassan al-Majid to death, who is known in Iraq as "Chemical Ali" for his role in the poison gas attacks that killed thousands of Kurdish villagers in Iraq's northern uplands in the late 1980s. The court found al-Majid, a cousin of the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, guilty for the deaths and suppression of a Shiite uprising in 1991. This was the second death sentence for al-Majid, the first was for the death of thousands of Kurdish villagers in northern Iraq. Al-Majid, who is in his early 60s and...
  • Iraq may execute MP for Israel visit

    09/22/2008 9:10:39 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 26 replies · 272+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Sep 22, 2008 | AP AND HERB KEINON
    First his two sons were murdered. Now he faces prosecution. The reason for Mithal al-Alusi's troubles? Visiting Israel and advocating peace with the Jewish state - something Iraq's leaders refuse to consider. The Iraqi is at the center of a political storm after his fellow lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to strip him of his immunity and allow his prosecution for visiting Israel - a crime punishable by death under a 1950s-era law. Such a fate is unlikely for al-Alusi, though he may lose his party's sole seat in parliament. Because he had visited Israel, many Iraqis assume the maverick legislator was...
  • Iraq: Detainee death cases headed to trial

    09/13/2008 2:03:10 PM PDT · by xzins · 29 replies · 207+ views
    Stars & Stripes ^ | September 13, 2008 | Matt Millham
    Iraq: Detainee death cases headed to trial Two soldiers await courts-martial for alleged roles in murder plot Two junior-ranking soldiers will face courts-martial for their role in an alleged conspiracy to murder four Iraqi detainees in April 2007, the 7th U.S. Army Joint Multinational Training Command announced late Friday. Charges of conspiracy to commit premeditated murder against Spc. Belmor Ramos, 23, and Spc. Steven Ribordy, 25, were referred to general courts-martial on Monday by Brig. Gen. David R. Hogg, JMTC commander. Both soldiers were members of 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment at the time of the incident. The unit has...
  • Anbar Justice Complex Built on Former Saddam Hussein Family Site

    09/05/2008 6:48:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 220+ views
    Sandblasting has restored the exterior of Courthouse 1 and the connecting colonnade to Courthouse 2 on the Anbar Judicial Complex in Ramadi. Photo by USACE. BAGHDAD — The $21.5 million renovation and new construction at the Anbar Judicial Complex in the provincial capital of Ramadi is under way by the Gulf Region Division on palace sites of the Saddam Hussein family.  Courtrooms and judges’ chambers will be located in palace buildings formerly used by Saddam and his infamous sons, Uday and Qusay, at the so-called “Hurricane Point” on the Euphrates River.  Ramadi is one of several Sunni-majority towns along the...
  • Iraqi court resumes trial of Tariq Aziz

    05/20/2008 1:48:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 161+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/20/08 | Sinan Salaheddin - ap
    BAGHDAD - Tariq Aziz, one of Saddam Hussein's best-known lieutenants, accused the Shiite-led government of seeking revenge during a trial Tuesday over the executions of dozens of Baghdad merchants in 1992. Aziz told an Iraqi court, which resumed hearing the case against him and seven co-defendants, that he was proud of being a member of Saddam's Sunni-dominated Baath party and serving under the former dictator. But chief prosecutor Adnan Ali said Aziz and his co-defendants, who include Saddam's ailing cousin known as "Chemical Ali," were responsible for the merchants' deaths and urged the court "to issue the suitable punishment that...
  • Death penalty over Iraq killing

    05/18/2008 7:20:08 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 16 replies · 138+ views
    BBC ^ | 5/18/08
    A leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq has been sentenced to death for the killing of the Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho. The archbishop of the northern city of Mosul was kidnapped in February by gunmen who attacked his car, killing his driver and two bodyguards. His body was found in a shallow grave two weeks later. The Iraqi government said the criminal court had imposed the death sentence on Ahmed Ali Ahmed, known as Abu Omar. The US embassy in Baghdad welcomed the verdict. Who are the Chaldeans? "Reiterating our condolences to the archbishop's family and community, we commend...
  • Tariq Aziz due on trial in Iraq

    04/28/2008 9:51:12 PM PDT · by james500 · 13 replies · 116+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, 29 April 2008 03:13 UK
    Iraq's former Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz is due on trial over the deaths of a group of merchants in 1992. Mr Aziz, along with seven other former members of Saddam Hussein's regime, are accused of involvement in the execution of about 40 merchants in Baghdad. The merchants were accused of hiking food prices at a time when Iraq was under international sanctions. They were executed after a speedy trial. Mr Aziz's son, Ziad, has said that his father is innocent. "My father told me personally that he had nothing to do with this case. At the time, my father...
  • Saddam Hussein's Ally Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri 'Captured' In Iraq

    04/23/2008 5:27:31 PM PDT · by blam · 153 replies · 1,120+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-24-2008 | Damien McElroy
    Saddam Hussein's ally Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri 'captured' in Iraq By Damien McElroy, Foreign Affairs Correspondent Last Updated: 12:57am BST 24/04/2008 American forces have captured Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath Party heir, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, the most wanted former regime official still at large, it has been reported. A Middle Eastern television channel said Douri, a key force in the country's devastating insurgency, had been seized in a mountain raid in Saddam's home province of Salahaddin. Most wanted: Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri Douri was King of Clubs in the deck of cards of most wanted Iraqis issued to American soldiers after the war. But...
  • Iraq approves 'Chemical Ali' hanging (Sorry no film at 11)

    02/29/2008 7:21:07 PM PST · by K-oneTexas · 21 replies · 161+ views
    Iraq approves 'Chemical Ali' hanging   Iraq’s presidency council has cleared the way for the long-delayed execution of Saddam Hussein’s cousin, Ali Hassan al-Majeed, known as “Chemical Ali,” to be carried out…The execution of Majeed, once one of the most feared men in Iraq, and two others for the genocidal Anfal campaign against Iraq’s Kurds in the 1980s has been delayed for months by a legal wrangle over who has the authority to green light the hangings… No date has been set for the execution to be carried out, they said.   The council source said no decision had been made regarding...
  • 'Chemical Ali' execution approved in Iraq

    02/29/2008 2:23:55 AM PST · by Perdogg · 16 replies · 360+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 02 29 08 | By Sally Peck and agencies
    The long-delayed execution of "Chemical Ali", Saddam Hussein's cousin and one of his most notorious henchmen, has been approved, an Iraqi government adviser said. Ali Hassan al-Majid known as Chemical Ali Chemical Ali - whose real name is Ali Hassan al-Majid - was one of three former Saddam officials sentenced to death in June after being convicted of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity for their part in the 1988 Anfal campaign that killed nearly 200,000 Kurds. An appeals court upheld the verdict in September.
  • Iraq on Saddam anniversary alert

    12/30/2007 12:15:56 AM PST · by Aristotelian · 8 replies · 275+ views
    BBC News ^ | 30 December 2007 | Staff
    Security forces in Iraq have been placed on alert on the first anniversary of the execution of former President Saddam Hussein. His supporters are expected to gather at his power base in the city of Tikrit, and at his grave nearby. Saddam was hanged after being convicted of the killings of nearly 150 Shia Muslims in Dujail in the 1980s.
  • Iraqi Judge: Execution Set for Chemical Ali (Ali's Necktie Party May Take Place at Any Moment!)

    10/15/2007 8:24:12 PM PDT · by Luke Skyfreeper · 189 replies · 3,599+ views
    Fox ^ | Monday, October 15, 2007 | Fox News
    BAGHDAD — Ali Hassan Majeed, known as "Chemical Ali," is set to be executed on Tuesday for his role in the deaths of up to 180,000 Kurds, an Iraqi judge said Monday.Munir Hadad, a senior judge of the Supreme Criminal Court, said the execution could take place anytime after 5:00 a.m. local time.
  • Blackwater can be tried in Iraqi court: judge

    09/18/2007 10:28:28 PM PDT · by freedomdefender · 6 replies · 527+ views
    AFP ^ | September 18 2007 | AFP
    BAGHDAD (AFP) — US security firm Blackwater could be tried in an Iraqi court over a shootout in a Baghdad neighbourhood which killed eight people, a top judge told AFP on Tuesday. "This company is subject to Iraqi law and the crime committed was on Iraqi territory and the Iraqi judiciary is responsible for tackling the case," said Abdul Sattar Ghafour Bairaqdar from Iraq's Supreme Judiciary Council, the country's highest court. On Monday, Iraq's interior ministry ordered the cancellation of Blackwater's operating licence after the company's guards who were escorting US officials were involved in a shootout which killed eight...
  • Chemical Ali, Hashim, Tikriti to hang tomorrow – Saudi paper

    09/08/2007 8:33:02 AM PDT · by Lurker · 83 replies · 2,733+ views
    Baghdad-Voices of Iraq ^ | 8 Sept. 2007 | unknown
    Baghdad, Sept 7, (VOI) – Three of the six defendants in the Anfal case will be executed by hanging on Saturday, a Saudi newspaper quoted the lawyer of former Iraqi deputy premier Tareq Aziz as saying. "The Iraqi Criminal Court notified Ali Hassan al-Majid, alias Chemical Ali, former defense minister Sultan Hashim and former chief of staff Hussein Rashid al-Tikriti that they will be executed tomorrow," lawyer Badie Aref Ezzat told Saudi newspaper al-Watan, published on Friday. The lawyer said he was told by the three convicts that they only wanted to meet their families before the executions. Ezzat said...
  • Judge: 'Chemical Ali,' 2 others to be hanged

    09/04/2007 5:45:28 AM PDT · by Luke Skyfreeper · 45 replies · 2,343+ views
    CNN ^ | September 4, 2007 | CNN
    Three members of the former Iraqi regime under Saddam Hussein -- including the man known as "Chemical Ali" -- will be executed within 30 days, senior appellate Judge Munir Haddad said Tuesday. The appellate chamber upheld their sentences of death by hanging, which were imposed in June. The three defendants are Hussein's first cousin, Ali Hassan al-Majeed, nicknamed "Chemical Ali;" Sultan Hashem Ahmed, military commander of the Anfal campaign; and Hussein Rashid Mohammed, deputy general commander of the Iraqi armed force, assistant chief of staff for military operations, and former Republican Guard commander.
  • Chemical Ali 'threw my sons from chopper'

    08/24/2007 3:41:52 AM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 11 replies · 717+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 24 August 2007
    A WITNESS overnight accused "Chemical Ali", Saddam Hussein's most notorious hatchet man, of killing her sons by throwing them out of a helicopter during the crushing of an Iraqi Shiite rebellion. Laila Kathum, testifying in the trial of 15 Saddam aides accused of crimes against humanity over the repression of the 1991 rebellion in southern Iraq, vented her fury against Ali Hassan al-Majid, widely known as "Chemical Ali". Speaking from behind a curtain, Ms Kathum accused Saddam's army of arresting her relatives and said Majid himself had killed her two sons. "The army detained my two sons, my brother and...
  • Saddam back in court but he could hang before the verdict

    08/22/2006 1:06:41 AM PDT · by onyx · 18 replies · 605+ views
    dispatch ^ | 8-22-06 | Sapa-AFP
    OUSTED Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein defiantly refused to enter a plea yesterday at the start of his trial on charges of genocide over a brutal crackdown against Kurds that allegedly left 182000 people dead. Grey-bearded and wearing a dark business suit, Saddam sat fuming in the Iraqi High Tribunal along with six co-defendants, accused of leading the savage eight-month Anfal campaign in 1988 against Iraq’s Kurdish minority. In a rowdy first hearing, the furious 69-year-old said he was “President of the Republic of Iraq”, clashed angrily with the prosecutor over rape claims and shouted at the judge after two of...
  • Saddam threatens prosecutor over rape claim

    21 August 2006 BAGHDAD - A furious Saddam Hussein warned he would ‘hunt down’ his prosecutor on Monday after being accused over the alleged mass rape of Iraqi Kurdish women during a brutal crackdown on their region. ‘If he says that a Iraqi woman was raped in my era and if he does not prove it, I will hunt him for the rest of my life,’ thundered the ousted Iraqi leader on the first day of his trial on genocide charges. ‘An Iraqi woman raped in my era? The reign of Saddam Hussein? Saddam will not accept it. If I...
  • Chemical Weapons: As Trial Begins, Poison Attack Haunts Kurds

    08/21/2006 6:08:36 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 307+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 21, 2006 | EDWARD WONG
    Max Becherer/Polaris, for The New York Times A cemetery in Sewsenan, a Kurdish village in northern Iraq, holds the remains of nearly 70 people killed in a chemical attack by Saddam Hussein’s military forces on March 22, 1988. SEWSENAN, Iraq, Aug. 18 — When death came to this village, it had a sweet smell, like perfume. “People wanted to inhale it,” Robitan Hama Amin said. So went Mr. Amin’s memory of the first encounter between the Kurds of this mountain redoubt and Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapons. The attack came at dinnertime on March 22, 1988. Mr. Amin had just...
  • Saddam faces genocide charges Monday (2nd trial is for 1987-88 Kurd war crimes , "Operation Anfal")

    08/20/2006 9:20:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 1,109+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/20/06 | Rawya Regah - ap
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - A new legal chapter opens Monday for Saddam Hussein when the ousted Iraqi leader goes on trial for a second time, charged with genocide and war crimes from his scorched-earth offensive against Kurds nearly two decades ago. The case against Saddam and six co-defendants is tied to the deaths of tens of thousands of people during the Iraqi army's "Operation Anfal" — Arabic for "spoils of war" — and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. The 1987-88 crackdown was aimed at crushing independence-minded Kurdish militias and clearing all Kurds from the northern region along the border with...
  • Saddam’s genocide trial revives Kurd anger

    08/20/2006 5:40:29 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 4 replies · 395+ views
    The Peninsula ^ | 8/21/2006 | AFP
    BAGHDAD • Iraq's ousted leader Saddam Hussein will return to the dock today to face genocide charges in a highly-charged case that has revived bitter memories among the country's Kurdish minority. The imprisoned strongman has been exercising and eating well in preparation for his appointment with the Iraqi High Tribunal, according to US officials, but he is not alone in awaiting the day with keen anticipation. "I am waiting patiently to see him in court so that I can quench my thirst to see him humiliated," said Kurdish villager Abdullah Mohammed, who blames Saddam for the killing of his three...
  • Saddam Hussein requests firing squad if sentenced to death

    07/26/2006 4:06:37 AM PDT · by verum ago · 90 replies · 3,604+ views
    SABC News ^ | 26 July 2006 | AP
    Saddam Hussein, weak from a hunger strike, said today that he has been forced to attend his trial for crimes against humanity and that he would prefer to be shot than hung if found guilty. The defence team for the former leader and seven co-accused boycotted the latest session in a controversial trial which is approaching its conclusion. Saddam (69) had been fed through a tube in a hunger strike to protest against what he sees as an unfair trial. The man who ruled Iraq with an iron fist said he would rather face a firing squad than death by...
  • Execution of Saddam Hussein will provoke violence, says Ramsey Clark

    06/27/2006 6:10:09 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 71 replies · 1,396+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | June 27, 2006
    To carry out Saddam Hussein will poke violence, according to Ramsey Clark WASHINGTON - To carry out Saddam Hussein would do nothing but poke religious violences in Iraq, declared Tuesday Ramsey Clark. This former American minister for justice is currently member of the lawyer collective of the deposed Iraqi president. "This execution would ignite a country which burns already", it has says at the time of a press conference. "I hope that the American people will realize that time always has just required the end of the executions, and it is the case here." The prosecutors of the High...
  • Saddam the Poet Ready for Hangman ("I am Ready to Die," He Tells His Lawyer)

    05/14/2006 10:09:37 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 27 replies · 862+ views
    Times Online ^ | 05/14/2006 | Widiane Moussa
    THE former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has resigned himself to being sent to the gallows. “I am ready to die,” he told his lawyer and confidante in an interview in his Baghdad prison. “I am not scared of execution.” Saddam is expected to return to court tomorrow for the resumption of a chaotic trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity that has lasted almost seven months. “I do not attend this trial to spare my life,” he said. “I attend it to defend Iraq.” Saddam, who refuses all visits from his family, was talking to Bushra Khalil, a...
  • Saddam the poet ready for hangman

    05/13/2006 5:09:18 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 24 replies · 1,072+ views
    The Sunday Times (U.K.) ^ | 05/14/06 | Widiane Moussa
    Tyrant tells all to woman lawyer THE former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has resigned himself to being sent to the gallows. “I am ready to die,” he told his lawyer and confidante in an interview in his Baghdad prison. “I am not scared of execution.” Saddam is expected to return to court tomorrow for the resumption of a chaotic trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity that has lasted almost seven months. “I do not attend this trial to spare my life,” he said. “I attend it to defend Iraq.” Saddam, who refuses all visits from his family,...
  • Freep a poll! (what penalty Should Saddam hussein receive?)

    03/24/2006 4:04:01 PM PST · by dynachrome · 22 replies · 542+ views ^ | 3-24-06 |
    POLL: What sentence should Saddam Hussein receive if he's convicted? Life in prison 53 votes (11%) The death penalty 400 votes (85%) Not sure 19 votes (4%)
  • Saddam to hang 'within months'

    02/20/2006 5:10:25 PM PST · by wagglebee · 96 replies · 3,200+ views
    London Times/The Australian ^ | 2/20/06 | Hala Jaber
    SADDAM Hussein could be executed within months if he is found guilty of ordering the massacre of 140 people from the town of Dujail, the chief prosecutor in the former Iraqi dictator's trial has said. And the ousted Iraqi dictator, who faces 11 other charges, will not be able to cheat the hangman by dragging out legal proceedings in a series of trials. The prosecutor, Ja'afar Moussawi, said that under a law passed late last year, all death sentences must be carried out within 30 days of an appeal failing, regardless of any other charges. "Once one of the accused...
  • New chief judge named in Saddam Hussein trial (A KURD !)

    01/23/2006 7:40:36 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 10 replies · 789+ views
    CNN ^ | 01/23/2006 | Clinton News Network ( CNN )
    New chief judge named in Saddam Hussein trial BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Iraqi officials named Raouf Rasheed Abdel-Rahman, a Kurd, as the new chief judge in the trial of Saddam Hussein, a top case investigator said Monday. Abdel-Rahman would replace Rizgar Mohammed Amin, who submitted a letter of resignation on January 15 amid accusations that he was too lenient with trial defendants, said the investigator, Raid Juhi. Abdel-Rahman will be an interim chief judge, Juhi said. Amin handed in his resignation to the Iraq High Tribunal citing "personal reasons." He has been strongly criticized inside Iraq for allowing Hussein and...
  • Saddam prefers death by shooting

    01/02/2006 10:16:07 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 173 replies · 3,365+ views
    Washington Times ^ | January 3, 2006 | Paul Martin
    Saddam Hussein has told his lawyers that he wants to be shot by firing squad, not hanged, if sentenced to death during his murder trial, which resumes later this month in Baghdad. Saddam maintains that he is still commander in chief of Iraq's armed forces -- and that a firing squad is "the right way" to execute a military leader. "I'm not afraid of death," he told two of his lawyers in an astonishingly candid five-hour meeting, as he sat in a comfortable chair at the head of the table. "Of course I'm not guilty, but I know they want...
  • Iraqi court disqualifies prominent Sunni candidates

    12/23/2005 4:36:21 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 23 replies · 812+ views
    KR ^ | Dec. 23, 2005 | NANCY A. YOUSSEF AND HUDA AHMED
    An Iraqi court has ruled that some of the most prominent Sunni Muslims who were elected to parliament last week won't be allowed to serve because officials suspect that they were high-ranking members of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party. The ruling is likely to dampen Bush administration hopes that the election would bring more of the disaffected Sunni minority into Iraq's political process and undermine Sunni support for the insurgency. Instead, the decision is likely to stoke fears of widening sectarian divisions in a nation already in danger of descending into civil war. Adil al-Lami, the chief electoral official of the...
  • Iraqis Capture, Prosecute, Convict Terrorists

    12/11/2005 10:25:27 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 6 replies · 480+ views
    AFIS ^ | Dec. 10, 2005 | American Forces Press Service
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2005 – Iraqi Ministry of Justice officials announced today that the country's Central Criminal Court has convicted seven members of al Qaeda in Iraq for heinous crimes against the Iraqi people. Four of the convicted terrorist-insurgents were members of a Mosul bombing cell led by Abu Talha. They were found guilty, on Nov. 23 of attacking Iraqi police, Iraqi national guard and coalition forces -- all Article 194 violations of the Iraqi penal code. All four convicts were sentenced life imprisonment, 20 years under the Iraqi system, officials said. The other three convicted terrorists were based in...
  • Punishment for Saddam Hussein

    12/07/2005 8:37:37 AM PST · by BJClinton · 8 replies · 818+ views
    It looks like Saddam will be tried, and hopefully convicted, in Absentia. This got me to thinking about his punishment. Historically, when we convict someone of crimes against humanity we hang them. But this isn't our trial, it is Iraqi and he should be punished by Islamic law. A fitting punishment would be death by stoning with the relatives of his victims being the ones throwing the stones. So far so good, but it would be a bit of a let down when it's all over. Then it hit me: let a Super Bowl producer put together a Saddam Stoning...
  • Kurds anticipate dictator's execution

    12/06/2005 10:17:42 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 16 replies · 649+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 12-07-05 | Paul Martin
    SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq -- The question on people's minds in Iraq's largest Kurdish city as they watch Saddam Hussein's trial on television is not whether he should be executed, but how and when. Some argue that the ousted leader should be convicted and put to death immediately after the trial, which is being broadcast live on Kurdish television.
  • Saddam: 'I Am Not Afraid of Execution'

    12/05/2005 8:55:36 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 89 replies · 4,004+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/5/05 | Hamza Hendawi - ap
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Saddam Hussein told the judge at his trial Monday that "I am not afraid of execution" during an unruly court session in which the first witness took the stand and testified that the former president's agents carried out random arrests, torture and killings. The outburst was one of several by Saddam or his co-defendants at the trial that also saw a brief walkout by his defense lawyers. At one point, Saddam appeared to threaten the judge, saying: "When the revolution of the heroic Iraq arrives, you will be held accountable." Chief Judge Rizgar Mohammed Amin replied: "This...
  • Saddam's trial will not be fair, says United Nations

    12/04/2005 5:13:18 PM PST · by Hadean · 55 replies · 1,063+ views
    Guardian Unlimited ^ | December 5, 2005 | Michael Howard
    The UN said yesterday said that Saddam Hussein's trial would never satisfy international standards because of ongoing violence and flaws in Iraq's legal system John Case, the UN's human rights chief in Iraq, said the murder of two defence lawyers, continued threats against judges, lawyers and witnesses and weaknesses in the Iraqi justice system had caused grave doubts about the trial's legitimacy. "We're very anxious about the tribunal [trying Saddam]," he told Reuters in an interview. "The legitimacy of the tribunal needs to be examined. It has been seriously challenged in many quarters." The court resumes today after a week's...
  • Death OK for Saddam: Howard

    12/02/2005 3:48:04 PM PST · by Dundee · 9 replies · 364+ views
    The Australian ^ | December 03, 2005 | Matt Price
    Death OK for Saddam: Howard JOHN Howard has denied it is hypocritical to seek clemency for Australians facing the death penalty abroad, but not to oppose it for deposed Iraqi despot Saddam Hussein. The Prime Minister, disturbed by the death of Nguyen Tuong Van, has promised Canberra will campaign for clemency should any of the Bali Nine be condemned to death in Indonesia. Mr Howard said yesterday his opposition to capital punishment did not extend to Saddam, the former Iraq dictator on trial in Baghdad for genocide. "It's not hypocritical, it's just human," he told Melbourne radio after Van's execution...
  • Court of public opinion has Saddam’s fate set

    11/27/2005 9:13:44 PM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies · 647+ views
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 11/28/5 | Anita Powell
    BAGHDAD — Most residents of Iraq’s biggest city don’t mince words when it comes to their former leader. The trial of Saddam Hussein and seven of his associates — charged with killing more than 150 residents of the northern city of Dujail in 1982 — is scheduled to resume Monday. A random sampling of Iraqis in and around the capital, a city that still bears numerous relics from Saddam’s 24-year rule, were asked what message they would like to give to the former dictator, if given the chance. “I hope I see you in hell,” said tomato seller Radi Abd...
  • DRUDGE: White House Plan if Saddam Found 'Not Guilty'

    11/27/2005 2:17:32 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 61 replies · 2,808+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | November 27, 2005 | Matt Drudge
    Senior Bush administration officials have considered the unthinkable: What if Saddam Hussein is found not guilty in his trial? "There will be more charges filed against him, and more charges after that, if needed... he has committed tremendous crimes," a top Bush source explained last week from Washington. Saddam and seven of his former henchmen currently face charges of crimes against humanity over a 1982 massacre of Shiite villagers. A defiant Saddam has refused to recognize the court and has declared himself president of Iraq. Prosecutors hope to win a conviction by using videotape of Saddam issuing assignation orders. Meanwhile,...