Celebrations of the sentencing of the former president continued in predominantly Shi'ite parts of the country, where there was no curfew. The capital was quiet, with offices and the international airport closed.
Hussein and two co-defendants were sentenced to death for killing, torturing, and deporting hundreds of people from the Shi'ite town of Al-Dujayl following a 1982 attempt on his life. Four other defendants received long prison sentences.
World leaders welcomed the verdict, with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki calling it a victory for Hussein's victims and U.S. President George W. Bush describing it as a "milestone" for Iraq.
However the EU, the Vatican, and the Council of Europe, which oppose capital punishment, urged Iraq not to hang Hussein.
(compiled from agency reports)
READFormer 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)