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Saddam Hussein's Appeal Rejected; Execution Days Away

Saddam Hussein could be dead in a matter of days. His death penalty appeal was rejected today with the order that he be hanged within 30 days. From the AP:

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq's highest court rejected Saddam Hussein's appeal Tuesday and said the former dictator must be hanged within 30 days for ordering the killing of scores of Shiite Muslims in 1982.


The sentence has already stoked Iraq's sectarian rage, with the Shiite majority demanding Saddam's death and his fellow Sunni Arabs calling the trial tainted.

"From tomorrow, any day could be the day" Saddam is sent to the gallows, the chief judge said. Saddam was condemned to death for his role in the execution of 148 Shiite Muslims from the small northern town of Dujail, after a 1982 assassination attempt.

The decision came on a particularly bloody day in Baghdad, where at least 54 Iraqis died in bombings and police discovered 49 apparent victims of sectarian reprisal killings. Separately, the U.S. military announced the deaths of seven American soldiers.

In upholding the sentence, imposed Nov. 5, the Supreme Court of Appeals also affirmed death sentences for two of his co-defendants, including his half brother. And it said life imprisonment for a third was too lenient and demanded he be given the death penalty, too.

Saddam's hanging "must be implemented within 30 days," said Aref Shahin, chief judge of the appeals court. "From tomorrow, any day could be the day of implementation."

The White House called the ruling a milestone in Iraq's efforts "to replace the rule of a tyrant with the rule of law."

"Saddam Hussein has received due process and legal rights that he denied the Iraqi people for so long. So this is an important day for the Iraqi people," said deputy White House press secretary Scott Stanzel, who was aboard Air Force One flying from Washington to Waco, Texas.


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Comments (12)

Lets see, libs want to kil... (Below threshold)
Gianni:

Lets see, libs want to kill innocent babies and save death row murderers like Tookie so Im guessing it wotn be long before these loons start bagging for leniency for Saddam.

I'm appalled at the casual,... (Below threshold)
cirby:

I'm appalled at the casual, flippant attitude towards the impending death of Saddam Hussein by hanging.

It should be much, much more flippant than the lackadaisical efforts put forward in the blogs I read, and not casual at all. I want to see some work put into the derision.

Damn. Does that mean Ramsey... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

Damn. Does that mean Ramsey Clark is coming back? Can't our troops strap him to a Humvee and use him for a human shield or an armor test dummy or something?

Damn, What a terrible day f... (Below threshold)
Robert Realtor:

Damn, What a terrible day for America, It means Saddam's Defense Team is coming back home soon.

Can we send Ramsay Clark to Iran?

Iran's thug of dictator might need him.

May justice be swift and su... (Below threshold)
Bill M:

May justice be swift and sure. Thousands of victims cry out for vengence.

Hope they show it on TV.</p... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Hope they show it on TV.

Lets see, libs wan... (Below threshold)
marc:
Lets see, libs want to kill innocent babies and save death row murderers like Tookie so Im guessing it wotn be long before these loons start bagging for leniency for Saddam. Posted by: Gianni at December 26, 2006 08:00 PM
Do you mean like this guy who thinks "poor Saddam has to die to pay for the sins of the Bush Crime Family. May Allah have mercy on his soul and condemn the Bush Crime Family to everlasting damnation."
Bush Crime Family Mark? Yo... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

Bush Crime Family Mark? You bump your head repeatedly recently? The Clintons are a crime family, but I don't think the Bushs ever sexually harassed, raped or seduced interns, sold pardons, secrets to China or lied under oath. I"ll bet Laura Bush never turned a $200,000 profit in the commodities market either. Only democrats think it is a crime for the President of the United States to do his job and defend this country. That is probably why Democrats make such lousy Presidents.

Hopefully, someone will sho... (Below threshold)
The Listkeeper:

Hopefully, someone will show them how to tie a proper thirteen turn hangman's noose...

Zelsdorf, you got that righ... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Zelsdorf, you got that right. And don't forget selling drugs through that Mena airport.

Clintons = mafia style crime family. Period.

Links to these Clinton "cri... (Below threshold)
Robert:

Links to these Clinton "crimes" please.

BTW, this just in: Your President is still a fucking moron.

robert the fraud--didn't th... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

robert the fraud--didn't think you could read.




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