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Saddam Hussein following the announcement of the verdict on November 5 (AFP)
November 7, 2006 -- Iran is urging the Iraqi government to ensure former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is hanged.
Government spokesman Gholam-Hussein Elham today said Tehran hoped Baghdad would not cave into any pressure to spare its former enemy the death penalty.
The European Union, the Council of Europe, and others have criticized the use of the death penalty. But U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the sentence was only for Iraqis to comment on, not Americans or Europeans.
Meanwhile, Iraq's disbanded Ba'ath Party has threatened in an Internet statement to attack Baghdad's heavily protected Green Zone if the death sentence is carried out. The Green Zone houses Iraqi government offices and some embassies.
On November 5, the Iraqi Special Tribunal sentenced Hussein to death
for crimes against humanity in the killing of 148 Shi'ite men and boys from the town of Al-Dujayl in 1982 following a failed assassination attempt on him.
A protester in Baghdad carries a picture of a relative killed at Al-Dujayl (AFP file photo)
Former Iraqi dictator SADDAM HUSSEIN
and seven of his associates went on trial on October 19, 2005, on charges of crimes against humanity for the regime's role in the deaths of 148 residents from the town of Al-Dujayl, and the imprisonment of 1,500 others following a botched assassination attempt against Hussein there on July 8, 1982. Following the arrests and deportations, the regime leveled the town... (more)
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