Sunday, November 05, 2006

Saddam and Two Cohorts Sentenced to Death! (Ramsey Clark Ejected From the Courtroom!)

"Before the session began, one of Saddam's lawyers, former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, was ejected from the courtroom after handing the judge a memorandum in which he called the trial a travesty.

Chief Judge Raouf Abdul-Rahman pointed to Clark and said in English, 'Get out.'"


The Butcher of Baghdad has been sentenced to death by hanging. He can appeal the sentence. There are also more mass murders he can be tried for.

I'm glad Saddam has been sentenced to death. The tyrant who murdered and opressed his own people for decades got the justice he denied others.

This gangster corrupted journalists, businessmen, scholars, politicians, so-called "human rights activists," and the United Nations with his blood-money.

He trained and financed terrorists.

His agents may even have penetrated the IAEA.

Saddam will not be cutting checks for his minions any more.

And my congratulations to Chief Judge Raouf Abdul-Rahman for telling the despicible Ramsey Clark where to go.

The AP reports (11-5-06):

Saddam Hussein was convicted and sentenced Sunday to death by hanging for war crimes in the 1982 killings of 148 people in the town of Dujail, as the former leader, trembling, shouted "God is great!"

As he, his half brother and another senior official in his regime were convicted and sentenced to hang, Saddam yelled out, "Long live the people and death to their enemies. Long live the glorious nation, and death to its enemies!"


Some feared the verdicts could intensify Iraq's sectarian violence after a trial that stretched over nine months in 39 sessions and ended nearly 3 1/2 months ago. Clashes immediately broke out Sunday in north Baghdad's heavily Sunni Azamiyah district, and a Sunni political leader condemned the court decision....

Before the session began, one of Saddam's lawyers, former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, was ejected from the courtroom after handing the judge a memorandum in which he called the trial a travesty.

Chief Judge Raouf Abdul-Rahman pointed to Clark and said in English, "Get out."

...He faces additional charges in a separate case over an alleged massacre of Kurdish civilians.

The guilty verdict for Saddam is expected to enrage hard-liners among Saddam's fellow Sunnis, who made up the bulk of the former ruling class. The country's majority Shiites, who were persecuted under the former leader but now largely control the government, will likely view the outcome as a cause of celebration.....

U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad issued a statement saying the verdicts "demonstrate the commitment of the Iraqi people to hold them (Saddam and his co-defendants) accountable."

"Although the Iraqis may face difficult days in the coming weeks, closing the book on Saddam and his regime is an opportunity to unite and build a better future," Khalilzad said. [Full text]

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