Two of Saddam's Henchmen Will Hang on Thursday

Two of Saddam’s co-defendants and gang members will hang in the next 24 hours.
They were both sentenced to death for their part in the al-Dujail massacre.


Barzan Ibrahim, half brother of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and former intelligence chief, reacts in the dock after being sentenced to death during his trial held under tight security in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, in this Nov. 5, 2006 file photo. (AP/Scott Nelson)

Iraqi news is reporting that Saddam’s half brother and a former Iraqi chief justice will hang on Thursday.
The Washington Post reports:

Al-Arabiya satellite television and Al-Furat TV, run by Iraq’s major Shiite Muslim political organization, both also reported that Saddam’s half brother Barzan Ibrahim, a former intelligence chief, and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, the former chief justice of the Revolutionary Court, would be put to death Thursday.

The government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information, said the exact place and time of the hangings had not been set.

The two co-defendants were originally scheduled to hang last Saturday along with Saddam.

The former Iraqi leader and the two co-defendants were convicted and sentenced to hang on Nov. 5 and the verdict was upheld by the appellate court on Dec. 26.

The hanging of Barzan and al-Bandar was delayed, however, until after the Eid al-Adha holiday, which ends Wednesday for Iraq’s majority Shiites.

The holiday marks the end of the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

The three men were sentenced to death for the killing of 148 Sunni Muslims from the town of Dujail after a failed 1982 assassination against Saddam in the northern city.


Left to right, front row: Awad Hamed al-Bandar and, Saddam Hussein; second row: Abdullah Kazim Ruwayyid, Mizhar Abdullah Ruwayyid; back row: Mohammed Azawi Ali, Ali Dayim Ali, Barazan Ibrahim appear at their trial held under tight security in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone in Iraq in this Monday, Nov. 28, 2005 file photo. (AP)

Meanwhile… The person who recorded the leaked video of Saddam’s hanging was arrested in Iraq today.

And, the US announced– “US forces took no part in the execution of ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and would have handled things differently,” military spokesman Major General William Caldwell reported in a news conference earlier today.

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