Sunday, November 05, 2006
Saddam Hussein Guilty Verdict Round Up
[He was] convicted over the killing of 148 people in the mainly Shia town of Dujail following an assassination attempt on him in 1982.
His half-brother Barzan al-Tikriti and Iraq's former chief judge Awad Hamed al-Bandar were also sentenced to death.
Former Vice-President Taha Yassin Ramadan got life in jail and three others received 15-year prison terms.
Another co-defendant, Baath party official Mohammed Azawi Ali, was acquitted.
Saddam Hussein and his co-defendants will be given the right to appeal, but that is expected to take only a few weeks and to end in failure for the defendants.
IRAQI PRIME MINISTER NOURI MALIKI
"The justice handed out to him is a response to the call from thousands of sons and sisters of those sentenced and executed by Saddam..."
IRAQI PRESIDENT JALAL TALABANI
"I think the trial was fair. Those people had the full right to say what they intended."
IRANIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN MOHAMMAD ALI HOSSEINI
"The Islamic republic of Iran welcomes the death sentence."
US PRESIDENT GEORGE W BUSH
"Saddam Hussein's trial is a milestone in the Iraq people's efforts to replace the rule of a tyrant with the rule of law."
CARDINAL RENATO MARTINO, HEAD OF THE VATICAN'S COUNCIL FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE
"For me, punishing a crime with another crime - which is what killing for vindication is - would mean that we are still at the point of demanding an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth."
MALCOLM SMART, DIRECTOR OF AMNESTY INTERATIONAL'S MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA PROGRAMME
"Obviously we deplore the verdict of the death penalty against Saddam and one of his co-accused.
We don't consider it was a fair process. The court was not impartial. There were not adequate steps taken to protect the security of defence lawyers and witnesses...
Every individual has a right to a fair trial, even people accused of the crimes of the magnitude that Saddam Hussein faced, and this has not been a fair trial. "
Kuwaitis erupted with cheers and applause today after one-time occupier Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death by hanging, although some said they would prefer him to rot in jail for the rest of his life.
Amnesty International is questioning the fairness of an Iraqi court's trial of Saddam Hussein.
Officials of the London-based human rights group said Sunday the court proceedings were "marred by serious flaws," and were "not impartial."
Amnesty International also condemned the death sentences given to the ousted Iraqi president and two of his former senior aides after they were found guilty of crimes against humanity.
The organization opposes capital punishment.
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