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Saddam to Swing

The Iraqi court which was trying Saddam Hussein for crimes against humanity handed down the death sentence today:

He was tried over the deaths of more than 148 Shia Muslim men and boys in reprisal for a 1982 assassination attempt on the Iraqi leader in the town of Dujail.

Two of Saddam’s co-defendants were also sentenced to hang: his half-brother and former intelligence chief Barzan Ibrahim, and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, head of the former revolutionary court.

The foreign secretary, Margaret Beckett, said Saddam and his co-defendants had been “held to account” for their actions.

“Appalling crimes were committed by Saddam Hussein’s regime. It is right that those accused of such crimes against the Iraqi people should face Iraqi justice,”

George Galloway has yet to comment on the fate of the former dictator and convicted mass murderer whose “strength” and “courage” he said he so admired.

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