Saddam’s sentence upheld
IRAQI dictator Saddam Hussein could be marched to the gallows any day after an appeals court upheld his death sentence and said he must hang within a month.
The United States immediately praised yesterday’s court ruling as a ‘milestone’ in replacing tyranny with the rule of law.
But human rights groups, who condemned his trial as seriously flawed, called on the Government not to carry out the sentence for Saddam’s crimes against humanity.
Saddam, 69, his half-brother Barzan al-Tikriti and former judge Awad al-Bander, were sentenced to death on November 5 for crimes against humanity over the killings of 148 Shi’ites from the Shi’ite Muslim town of Dujail. The massacre was an act of retribution after Saddam escaped an assassination attempt there in 1982.
The decision came on a day when seven more US soldiers and at least 54 Iraqis were killed.