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Sadam Hussein is hanged – Victor’s justice served on Iraq’s deposed President

Baghdad, 30 December, (Asiantribune.com): Saddam Hussein is dead, an end of a saga, especially in the Arab world. Iraq’s former President has been served with Victor’s justice, three years after he was hauled from a hole in the ground by pursuing US Forces. Saddam HusseinSaddam Hussein

The deposed president was found guilty over the killing of 148 members of the Shiite population of the town of Dujail after militants tried to assassinate him there in 1982, during Iraq’s war with Shiite Iran.

Saddam Hussein was hanged today (Saturday at 6.05 Iraqi time) under a sentence imposed by an Iraqi court, according to an Iraqi official.

Asked if Saddam were dead, the official in the Iraqi prime minister's office said, “Yes, the body of Saddam Hussein is in front of me.”

“Criminal Saddam was hanged to death," state-run Iraqiya television said. The station played patriotic music and showed images of national monuments and other landmarks.

Witnesses to the execution told that they were cheering around the body of Saddam after the execution.

“This son of a bitch is lying under my feet.… I can't talk now because of all the cheers!" a witness said.

Three Iraqi officials who attended the execution said only he was executed on Saturday, and that his half-brother and another former regime official would be hanged after the weekend Islamic religious holiday. The holiday ends Tuesday for Sunnis and Wednesday for Shiites.

National security adviser Mouwafak al-Rubaie told state-run Iraqiya TV that only Saddam was executed Saturday. "We wanted him to be executed on a special day," he said.

Munir Haddad, a judge on the appeals court that upheld Saddam's death sentence, and Sami al-Askari, political adviser to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, also told The AP that only Saddam was executed. Iraqi state TV originally had reported that all three men had been executed; Saddam followed by the other two.

Al-Rubaie said that the other two men "will be executed after the Eid."

Eid al-Adha, Islam's most important religious festival, began at dawn Saturday for Sunnis and will start Sunday for Iraqi Shiites.

It was a grim end for the 69-year-old leader who had vexed three U.S. presidents. Despite his ouster, Washington, its allies and the new Iraqi leaders remain mired in a fight to quell a stubborn insurgency by Saddam loyalists and a vicious sectarian conflict.

Bush: ‘Executed after receiving a fair trial’

“Today, Saddam Hussein was executed after receiving a fair trial — the kind of justice he denied the victims of his brutal regime,” President Bush said in a written statement released after the execution by the White House.

“Bringing Saddam Hussein to justice will not end the violence in Iraq,” Bush continued, “but it is an important milestone on Iraq's course to becoming a democracy that can govern, sustain, and defend itself, and be an ally in the War on Terror.”

Mariam al-Rayes, a legal expert and former Member of Parliament, told Iraqiya television that the execution "was filmed and God willing it will be shown. There was one camera present, and a doctor was also present there." She did not attend.

The official witnesses to the execution gathered Friday in Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone in final preparation for the hanging, as state television broadcast footage of his regime’s atrocities.

The Pentagon said U.S. forces, always on high alert in Iraq, were braced for any upsurge in violence from Sunni insurgents loyal to Saddam.

A U.S. judge refused late Friday to stop the execution, rejecting a last-minute court challenge by the former Iraqi president.

- Asian Tribune -

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