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Saddam Verdict Update

Updated

In spite of Saddam's insisting this trial was a farce, he was, none the less, shaken by the verdict:

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A visibly shaken Saddam Hussein was found guilty of crimes against humanity on Sunday and sentenced to hang by the U.S.-sponsored court that has been trying him in Baghdad for the past year.


Two other senior aides, including his half-brother Barzan al-Tikriti, will also hang if automatic appeals fail in the coming months. His vice-president was jailed for life and three minor officials of his Baath party were sentenced to 15 years.

Shortly after the verdict was read out at noon (0900 GMT) in a heavily fortified Baghdad courtroom that was once a Baath party office, clashes broke out between gunmen and U.S. and Iraqi troops in two Sunni Muslim neighborhoods of the capital.

By contrast Shi'ites, the majority now in power, poured into the streets, dancing and yelling in joy that the Sunni Arab who oppressed them for three decades is now likely to be executed.

The White House reacts:

CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - The White House called the verdict handed down to former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein on Sunday a good day for Iraqis.


"It's a good day for the Iraqi people," White House spokesman Tony Snow said.

Omar at Iraq the Model writes his thoughts:

Now, Saddam is officially going down the toilet!

Mohammad from Iraq the Model recorded his reaction on the verdict very eloquently at Pajamas Media:

I was overwhelmed with joy and relief as I watched the criminals being read their verdicts. For the first time in our region tyrants are being punished for their crimes through a court of law.


Until this moment and while I'm typing these words I'm still receiving words of congratulations in emails, phone calls and text messages from friends inside and outside the country. These were our only means to share our happiness because of the curfew that limits our movement.

This is the day for Saddam's lovers to weep and I expect their shock and grieve to be huge. They had always thought their master was immortal so let them live in their disappointment while we live for our future.

This is a day not only for Iraqis but a historic day for the whole region; today new basis for dealing between rulers and peoples are found.

No one is above the law anymore.

I was particularly pleased by the way Judge Raouf Rasheed handled the session; he was reading the court's decision and at the same time chastising members of the current government for their misbehavior and threatened to throw them in custody regardless of their ranks!

We are living a new era where there's much hope despite the difficulties...our sacrifices have a noble cause, that is to build a new model that obviously terrifies other tyrants.

I believe it wasn't Saddam alone who was shaking and shouting in hysteria when the verdict was read; I can see hysteria takes over all of Saddam's followers and apologists.

Today we had turned a page that was full of pain and ugly crimes that were committed by the same criminals who were shaking in the hands of Iraq's new justice.

[snip]

I salute the honorable special tribunal that challenged threats and risks and insisted on keeping up the work until the end, and today it brought back the pride of the land that wrote the world's first laws.

I salute the witnesses who risked their lives to reveal the truth and expose the crimes of the dictator.

I salute the brave men and women of the coalition who came to this land and made this day possible.

Congratulations to all my Iraqi brothers and sisters on this glorious day.

Update: Watch the video of Saddam being sentenced.


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Comments (8)

Kennedy, Dean and Kerry wer... (Below threshold)
theExecutioner:

Kennedy, Dean and Kerry were seen in tears this morning.

Cue the liberal moonbats to... (Below threshold)

Cue the liberal moonbats to post their dissertations on why this is a bad thing.

Hang him within 30 days and... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Hang him within 30 days and it will definetly help the Iraqi people. Hang Ramsey Clark and Wesley Clark beside him. Keep the gallows busy, we have several hundred traitors hiding out as democrats that should be hanged also.

Read on Malkin's blog about... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Read on Malkin's blog about how the judge ordered Ramsay Clark to get out of the courtroom!

Bwahahahahahha.......adios you liberal nutjob twit.

Somebody bring this judge back to the U.S.!

Cue the liberal moonbats... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Cue the liberal moonbats to post their dissertations on why this is a bad thing.

Wow, you're more out of touch with reality than most on here.

I'll believe it when Saddam... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

I'll believe it when Saddam is about 3 inches taller than he is right now. It can't be soon enough for most of us.

Brian, you're spending far ... (Below threshold)

Brian, you're spending far too much time chastizing those here. Read around at the lefty sites. There are many who think it was a bad idea and even more who may have agreed (I don't really know - they wouldn't say specifically), but added that they thought Bush should hang too. And Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld and "all republicans as they pose a great danger to us all". Whew!

Now, you were talking about being out of touch...?

Death by hanging is certain... (Below threshold)

Death by hanging is certainly a quicker and more merciful death than his victims got and better than he deserves.




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