Prosecution Rests, Demands Death for Saddam Hussein
The prosecution wrapped up their case against Saddam Hussein today,
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The prosecution delivered their closing arguments today against Saddam Hussein demanding death for the former dictator.
(first row, L-R) Abdullah Kathim Ruwaid, Saddam Hussein, (second row, L-R) Awad Hamed al-Bander,Mizhir Abdullah Kathim Ruwaid, (third row, L-R) Barzan Ibrahim Al-Tikriti, Ali Daeem Ali and Taha Yassin Ramadan attend court as the prosecution makes its closing arguments at the trial of former Iraqi President Saddam and seven members of his regime in Baghdad June 19, 2006. Saddam’s half-brother and former intelligence chief personally tortured prisoners and sent families to die in the desert, lawyers for victims of a 1982 crackdown against Shi’ites, told a court on Monday. Saddam, his half-brother and co-accused Barzan al-Tikriti and six other defendants face death by hanging if found guilty for their roles in the killing of 148 Shi’ites in Dujail. (REUTERS/Pool)
The prosecution called for the execution of Saddam Hussein today at his trial for his role in the deaths of 148 Shia Muslim villagers:
Chief prosecutor Jaafar al-Mussawi said: “We demand the maximum punishment for Saddam, [his half-brother] Barzan al-Tikriti and [former vice-president] Taha Yassin Ramadan.”
“They were spreading corruption on Earth… and even the trees were not saved from their oppression,” Mr Mussawi said.
Mr Mussawi asked for charges against one defendant, Baath party official Mohammed Azawi Ali, to be dropped and for him to be freed.
The prosecutor also asked for three other defendants – Baath officials Abdullah Kadhem Ruaid, Ali Daeem Ali and Mizher Abdullah Ruaid – to be treated leniently.
Mr Mussawi made no specific calls on the fate of Awad Hamad al-Bandar, former chief judge of Saddam Hussein’s revolutionary court.
Another prosecution lawyer, whose name has not been released for security purposes, had opened Monday’s proceedings by saying defendants had “carried out a systematic, wide-scale attack” in Dujail.
“They carried out broad imprisonments of men, women and children, who were exposed to physical and mental torture, including the use of electrical shocks,” he said.
The defense team will make its closing arguments on July 10, 2006. Hussein would face death by hanging if found guilty.