Monday, November 06, 2006

Saddam May Be Hanged in January

"Everyone is eager to have Saddam executed… It is important that we make these people supporting him feel there is no hope (that he will come back) so the killings and the bombings stop."--Iraqi MP Haider Al-Abadi

The Times (11-6-06) reports:

The former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein will be hanged by the end of January, a senior member of Nouri al-Maliki’s Dawa party predicted today as an around-the-clock curfew kept the lid on sectarian violence after the deposed dictator was sentenced to death.

"I don’t think it will drag on beyond January of next year," said MP Haider al-Abadi, who is a confidant to the Iraqi Prime Minister....


Iraqi law includes an automatic appeal for death and life sentences. A nine-judge appellate chamber will start to review Saddam’s case within 30 days.....

The high tribunal will forward its judicial ruling to the appellate chamber in the next ten days. Once the document is delivered, the prosecution and defence have 20 days to submit their arguments to the appeals judges.

When this month-long period ends, the appellate chamber will study the case, but it has no deadline for issuing a decision. If the judges decide to uphold the verdict, Saddam, al-Tikriti and al-Bandar will be hanged within 30 days....

"Everyone is eager to have Saddam executed… It is important that we make these people supporting him feel there is no hope (that he will come back) so the killings and the bombings stop."
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