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durrell
12-29-2006, 08:00 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Saddam Hussein, the former Iraqi dictator who spent his last years in captivity after his ruthless Baathist regime was toppled from power by the U.S.-led coalition in 2003, was hanged Saturday for crimes committed in a brutal crackdown during his reign, a witness said.

"Saddam's body is in front me," said an official in the prime minister's office when CNN telephoned. "It's over."

In the background, Shiite chanting could be heard. When asked about the chanting, the official said, "These are employees of the prime minister's office and government chanting in celebration." (Watch what Hussein's death could mean in Iraq Video)

A witness to the execution reported that celebrations broke out after Hussein was dead, and that there was "dancing around the body."

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki did not attend the execution, according to an adviser to the prime minister who was interviewed on state television.

"It's a very solemn moment for me," Feisal Istrabadi, Iraq's U.N. ambassador, said on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360." "I can understand why some of my compatriots may be cheering. I have friends whose particular people I can think of who have lost 10, 15, 20 members of their family, more.

"But for me, it's a moment really of remembrance of the victims of Saddam Hussein."

The execution was videotaped and photographed, state television reported, and those images will be distributed to the media.

Al-Arabiya television network reported that Barzan Hassan, Hussein's half-brother, and Awad Bandar, former chief justice of the Revolutionary Court, were hanged after Hussein. All three were convicted of killings in the Iraqi town of Dujail nearly 25 years ago. (Watch what happened in Dujail Video)

Earlier, Munir Haddad, a judge on the appeals court that upheld the former dictator's death sentence, and an adviser to al-Maliki each confirmed the paperwork needed for Hussein's execution had been prepared late Friday.

At the same time, a U.S. district judge refused a request to stay the execution.

Attorney Nicholas Gilman said in an application for a restraining order, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Washington, that a stay would allow Hussein "to be informed of his rights and take whatever action he can and may wish to pursue."

Haddad had called Gilman's filing "rubbish," and said, "It will not delay carrying out the sentence," which he called "final."

Haddad wouldn't disclose the location of the execution and said it wouldn't be broadcast live on TV because of human rights issues.

Throughout the day, there were conflicting reports about who had custody of Hussein. Giovanni di Stefano, one of Hussein's defense attorneys, told CNN the U.S. military officially informed him that the former Iraqi dictator had been transferred to Iraqi custody, but that the move in U.S. court could have meant that Hussein was back in U.S. custody.

There had been speculation that Hussein would be executed before Eid Al-Adha -- a holiday period that means Feast of the Sacrifice, celebrated by Muslims around the world at the climax of the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. The law does not permit executions to be carried out during religious holidays.

Eid began Saturday for Sunnis and begins Sunday for Shiites. It lasts for four days. Hussein was a Sunni Muslim.
Meeting with half-brothers

Another defense lawyer, Badie Aref, told CNN that Hussein met with two of his half-brothers in his cell on Thursday and passed on messages and instructions to his family.

"President Saddam was just bracing for the worst, so he wanted to see his brothers and pass on some messages and instructions to his family," Aref said. The half brothers who visited were Sabawi and Wathban Ibrahim Hassan al-Tikriti, he said.

He never asked to see anyone else -- not even his wife, said his lawyers. She was the mother of his five children.

Aref said the U.S. soldiers guarding Hussein on Tuesday took away a radio he kept in his cell so he could not hear news reports about his death sentence, which was confirmed that day.

"They did not want him to hear the news from the appeals court upholding the sentence," he said. "They gave him back the radio on Wednesday."

Aref said Saddam found out about the appeals court verdict "a few hours after it was announced."
Crimes against humanity

Hussein was convicted on November 5 of crimes against humanity in connection with the killings of 148 people in the town of Dujail after an attempt on his life.

The dictator was found guilty of murder, torture and forced deportation.

The Dujail episode falls within 12 of the worst cases out of 500 documented "baskets of crimes" during the Hussein regime.

The U.S. State Department says torture and extrajudicial killings followed the Dujail killings and that 550 men, women and children were arrested without warrants.

CNN's Aneesh Raman, Arwa Damon, Ryan Chilcote, Sam Dagher, Jomana Karadsheh and Ed Henry contributed to this report.

Hoppy11
12-29-2006, 08:16 PM
Sorry if this is offensive.. but good. The world is a better place now. Im glad it is finally over and that he is dead.

calebh
12-29-2006, 09:49 PM
how is the world a better place? he's already been deposed and has no power left... j/w

MVS1
12-29-2006, 10:15 PM
Is the world a better place with him gone? well that depends on your point of view. I myself believe that Justice has been served and that hopefully his execution helps bring closure to the countless number of people who's lives he has devastated.

Hoppy11
12-29-2006, 10:18 PM
how is the world a better place? he's already been deposed and has no power left... j/w

Whatever.. I guess I should have said that the world is now a better place when he got captured. But I feel for all the deaths he caused and ordered, he deserved to die.

calebh
12-29-2006, 10:24 PM
perhaps... "an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."

badlandsrox
12-29-2006, 11:07 PM
i think they should have hung him by his testicles, and after a few minuiets, they would be so gone due to loss of blood, and he would fall on his head after losing his manhood, and not only would he be gone, but there would be no chance of him EVER reproducing, in this life (not that it would be possible), or his afterlife.


Im not some pscho crazy nutjob (no pun intended), i just beleive that justice would be better served the more he suffers (remember, this is saddam husein were talkin about here

marvin-martian
12-29-2006, 11:45 PM
i heart maturity

UKwithPride
12-30-2006, 03:43 AM
i think they should have hung him by his testicles, and after a few minuiets, they would be so gone due to loss of blood, and he would fall on his head after losing his manhood, and not only would he be gone, but there would be no chance of him EVER reproducing, in this life (not that it would be possible), or his afterlife.


Im not some pscho crazy nutjob (no pun intended), i just beleive that justice would be better served the more he suffers (remember, this is saddam husein were talkin about here
http://www.pbnation.com/showthread.php?t=1929441

There you go, go post there.

durrell
12-30-2006, 05:56 AM
I will never understand how people say people like Sadaam Hussein didn't deserve to die. Saying that is like going back in time and going to a death camp in Nazi Germany and telling Holocaust survivors "Well guys, we have captured Hitler but we're not going to kill him..we're just going to put him in jail even though he mass murdered millions of people." Now I do know Hitler committed suicide, but that's just for comparison purposes. Do you think if we had captured him, that we wouldn't have killed him? If you do, you're an idiot.

Honestly..think about this for a second. IF you were in the shoes of the families of the people who were gassed by Sadaam Hussein..what would you want? Him to be in jail living? Or dead? None of us are in any kind of position to say that what was done to him was wrong. He had a trial in Iraq in front of a jury of Iraqi people. He got what he deserved.

DRAGON
12-30-2006, 08:22 AM
Saddam who? Now on to N Korea hmmmmmmmmmm -

xsgmike66x
12-30-2006, 08:42 AM
Hm, If he were to be left in jail for the rest of his life people say that it would be worse because he has to live with what he did, and that it would be worse then dying. Also what he did does not bother him. But he will still be getting meals and living, not being tourtured. So perhaps having him in jail till he dies would not be sufecient because he would not truly be suffering and the familys are still not getting closure becuase there might be people that would try to free sadam. But killing him, altho if he died right away or hung for a bit and suffocated he still suffered some bit becuase of the fact he knew he was going to die. And the familys of those who died got some closure knowing he is dead and can never come back.

NOW if he was put into jail and tourtured everyday till he died...:devil: :thinking:

MVS1
12-30-2006, 08:45 AM
I'm with ya Dragon, unfortunately N. Korea hasn't done a thing in almost 60 years, and their not going to do anything more than saber rattling, which means their just smart enough to not push too far. Now Iran, theres another story, IMO diplomacy will not work, so, brothers in arms don't unpack your bags just yet, looks like we might be getting another taxpayer funded safari.

woodsballin4life
12-30-2006, 10:01 AM
perhaps... "an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."

but in this case it is millions of eyes for just one evil eye.

clickclicksplat
12-30-2006, 10:20 AM
I think we should have just stuck him in solitary confinement in some high security military prison out in the nevada desert or something and left him there for the rest of his life...

DRAGON
12-30-2006, 11:21 AM
Now that he's dead, he's been escorted to hell(once again) for a South Park II episode where he competes with Lucifer for hell's rights -

TheRedBarron
12-30-2006, 11:27 AM
Now that he's dead, he's been escorted to hell(once again) for a South Park II episode where he competes with Lucifer for hell's rights -
hmmm.