Saddam Verdict is Announced – DEATH BY HANGING!

** Bye, Bye, Butcher!… Saddam will face death by hanging! **
Saddam screams at the judge! Calls on Arabs to denounce the Iraqi government!

Saddam is forced to stand for his verdict of “Death by Hanging!”
The judge was strong and swift with the verdict.
Burn, Baby, Burn!

Shi’ite residents chant slogans as they burn an effigy of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in Najaf, 160 km (100 miles) south of Baghdad, November 5, 2006. (Reuters)

The Iraqis are out on the streets celebrating… That took about half an hour.
The media is showing children out in the streets jumping around celebrating!

Saddam’s half brother is also sentenced to death!

Barazan Ibrahim al-Tikriti’s, Saddam’s half brother, is sentenced to death.

The BBC reports at 3:10 AM CST:

Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has been convicted of crimes against humanity by a Baghdad court and sentenced to death by hanging.

He was found guilty over his role in the killing of 148 people in the mainly Shia town of Dujail in 1982.

Baghdad is waiting for the reaction!
As of 3:20 AM CST the Iraqi people have not heard the verdict yet on their television sets where the trial is delayed. The authorities decided on a TV delay because they were concerned there may be a scene in court.

Former Democratic Attorney General Ramsey Clark is expelled from the verdict decision!

Clark brought in documents with statements against the court and the Iraqi judicial system and the Iraqi people!

International advisor to former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark speaks at Hussein’s trial held under tight security in Baghdads heavily fortified Green Zone, Monday Dec. 5, 2005. The chief judge in the Saddam Hussein trial Sunday Nov. 5, 2006 ordered former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark expelled from the verdict session. (AP Photo/Stefan Zaklin, Pool)

You better check this picture out here because you won’t be seeing it again any time too soon with our Western media…

Forensic experts dig out bodies of five people near Najaf, Iraq, 160 kilometers (100 miles) south of Baghdad, Saturday Nov. 4, 2006. Handcuffed bodies, discovered by sanitation workers, are believed to be buried 30 years ago and believed to be victims of Saddam Hussein’s regime. Saddam Hussein and seven co-defendants expect court to deliver its verdict for their alleged roles in the deaths of about 150 Shiites in the town of Dujail in 1982 and possible death sentence on Sunday. (AP Photo/Alaa al-Marjani)

11:30 AM Baghdad time, 2:30 AM St. Louis time- Still waiting on the Saddam verdict.

It was just announced that the tribunal is off to a late start this morning.

2:50 AM CST– Court has started.
3 Iraqi Baath Party officials were sentenced to 15 years in the Sadddam Hussein trial!
The BBC just reported:

The first, Baath Party official Mohammed Azawi Ali, has been acquitted.

A further three, not yet named, were all found guilty over the killing of 148 villagers in the mostly Shia town of Dujail and each jailed for 15 years.

Update: (3:00 AM CST) Former Iraqi Prime Minister Taha Yassin Ramadan sentenced to life!

Taha Yassin Ramadan gets life.
Co-defendent Mohammed Azawi Ali cleared for lack of evidence.

HERE is the devastating evidence against Saddam Hussein.
HotAir already has a tremendous roundup.
Iraq the Model is following this historic event.
Patterico notices our liberal media already doubting the legitimacy of the trial. Figures!
STACLU says this represents closure.
Scared Monkeys has the noose ready.
Pajamas Media has special coverage of the verdict.

Jules Crittenden at the Boston Herald wrote a powerful piece on the verdict.

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