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Sadam Hussein’s half brother and former head of Iraq's Revolutionary Court were hanged this morning

Baghdad, 15 January, (Asiantribune.com): Already executed former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's half brother and the former head of Iraq's Revolutionary Court were hanged before dawn Monday, 16 days after the former Iraqi dictator was executed in a chaotic scene that has drawn worldwide criticism.

Iraqi Government spokesman emphasized that all laws and rules were respected during the proceedings. Earlier Saddam’s execution brought worldwide criticism of the Iraqi government as video of the execution, recorded on a cell phone camera, showed the former dictator being taunted on the gallows.

"Those present signed documents pledging not to violate the rules or otherwise face legal penalties. All the people present abided by the government's rule and there were no violations," Iraqi Government spokesman said, adding the hangings occurred at 3 a.m. "No one shouted slogans or said anything that would taint the execution. None of those charged were insulted."

Barzan, Saddam's half brother and former intelligence chief, and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, head of Iraq's Revolutionary Court, had been found guilty along with Saddam of in the killing of 148 Shiite Muslims after a 1982 assassination attempt on the former leader in the town of Dujail north of Baghdad.

The executions reportedly occurred in the same Saddam-era military intelligence headquarters building in north Baghdad where the former leader was hanged two days before the end of 2006. The building is located in the Shiite neighborhood of Kazimiyah.

The two men were to have been hanged along with Saddam on Dec. 30, but Iraqi authorities decided to execute Saddam alone on what National Security adviser Mowaffak al-Rubaie called a "special day."

- Asian Tribune -

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