Sad­dam’s sen­tence up­held

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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.

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