On this Day

Fifteen years ago today an Iraqi court imposed the death sentence on Observer journalist Farzad Bazoft.

He was accused of being an spy for Israel after investigating an explosion inside Iraq’s missile development establishment.

Before their trial, President Saddam Hussein had written to the Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, assuring her Farzad Bazoft and co-accused Daphne Parish would get a fair hearing.

International appeals for clemency fell on deaf ears. Mr Bazoft was hanged on 15 March 1990.

Harry adds: Also from the Iraqi past, is this article posted by Ann Clwyd on when Saddam decided to ‘abolish’ the Iraqi working class.