Saddam Verdict : Death by Hanging

Update: Saddam has been sentenced to die by hanging.


A curfew is in place in Baghdad for the release of the 200 page verdict Sunday against Saddam Hussein. Saddam faces hanging if convicted.

Saddam says he will die with honor and no fear.

Saddam's lawyers told Reuters they chatted with him for more than three hours on Saturday, saying he was in high spirits and talked about mounting U.S. military losses and the insurgency.

"I will die with honour and with no fear, with pride for my country and my Arab nation but the U.S. occupiers will leave in humiliation and defeat," they quoted Saddam as saying.

"They will see rivers of blood for years to come. It will dwarf Vietnam."

If sentenced to death, it is unlikely to happen soon.

Even if he is sentenced to death, it may be many months, even years, before he is hanged as appeals are heard. Saddam is due back in court on Tuesday in another trial, for genocide against ethnic Kurds.

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    What goes around (5.00 / 2) (#3)
    by jazzcattg1 on Sun Nov 05, 2006 at 06:20:21 AM EST
    Invading a sovereign nation on false evidence; 2800 + soldiers dead; 600,000+ deceased civilains - sounds like hanging offenses too.

    Hanging offenses? (none / 0) (#4)
    by Edger on Sun Nov 05, 2006 at 07:11:52 AM EST
    Sic Semper Empire Builders (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by Ernesto Del Mundo on Sun Nov 05, 2006 at 10:42:45 PM EST
    Let's see he was guilty of:

    1. Launching a war of agression

    2. Genocide

    3. Torturing prisoners

    4. Chemical warfare


    I wonder if justice will prevail someday in this part of the world?


    yeah, like there was any suspense (none / 0) (#1)
    by scribe on Sun Nov 05, 2006 at 05:05:23 AM EST
    German radio reports in their noon news that Sadaam has been sentenced to death by hanging for crimes against humanity.

    Che (early riser or late going to bed - I don't know which) got it first, elsewhere.

    RE: yeah, like there was any suspense (none / 0) (#2)
    by Edger on Sun Nov 05, 2006 at 05:45:59 AM EST
    It was fair trial. Right? Yes, of course.

    Just In Time For the Midterm Elections (none / 0) (#5)
    by john horse on Sun Nov 05, 2006 at 08:23:33 AM EST
    Isn't it interesting how the verdict against Saddam Hussein will be issued just prior to our midterm elections.  I'm sure that it was just a coincidence.  The timing of the verdict had nothing to do with an attempt to influence our midterm elections for Bush is an honorable man.  Cheney is an honorable man.  Rumsfeld is an honorable man.  So are they all, honorable men(sarcasm alert).

    Saddam was certainly guilty of serious human rights violations and crimes against humanity.  The problem was that the judicial system that convicted him should have been beyond reproach.  As a result of the flawed procedures, we have turned someone who should be vilified by all Iraqis into a martyr for some Iraqis.  Rather than bring this country together, the verdict increases the hatred and violence between Sunni and Shiite with our servicemen being caught in the middle.    

    I've thot about this, John Horse (none / 0) (#6)
    by Kitt on Sun Nov 05, 2006 at 08:43:40 AM EST
    I don't know about the efficiacy of this right now (if efficiacy is the correct word here), SH although a villian isn't the right villian.

    Isn't it interesting how the verdict against Saddam Hussein will be issued just prior to our midterm elections.

    Oh - and of course the process was fair....(yeah, dripping sarcasm)

    A greeting from Osama (none / 0) (#7)
    by Dadler on Sun Nov 05, 2006 at 09:28:35 AM EST
    Saddam sentenced to death!  Thank you, America!  Too much, you're too good to me.  Now, can you keep chumming with the Saudi tyrants a little longer?  I need another easy win.

    What about George? (none / 0) (#8)
    by John Mann on Sun Nov 05, 2006 at 10:55:22 AM EST
    I can't help but wonder if W felt a little trickle of fear running up and down his spine when he heard the "death by hanging" sentence passed on his old pal.

    Damn, it'd be nice to see him and his gang - Cheney, Condi, Rummy, Wolfy, Tony - all those scum sitting in a prisoner's box somewhere, waiting to hear the words and wondering how it happened to them.

    Hypocrisy (none / 0) (#9)
    by Andreas on Sun Nov 05, 2006 at 11:56:23 AM EST
    A few months ago the WSWS wrote:

    The prosecution in the trial of Saddam Hussein has demanded the execution of the former president, along with three other top officials, for his part in the 1982 repression of Iraqis--including torture and killings--whose sole crime was opposing the Baghdad regime. The denouement of the case is taking place while the US is engaged in mass repression of Iraqis--including torture and killings--whose sole crime has been resisting the occupying forces and their puppet government.

    This elementary reality exposes the hypocrisy and fraudulent nature of the legal proceeding.

    As violence spirals in Iraq
    Prosecutor demands death penalty in Hussein show trial

    By David Walsh, 22 June 2006

    See also:

    US-installed regime begins second Saddam Hussein show trial
    By Patrick Martin, 25 August 2006

    New charges of genocide against Hussein over Kurdish "Anfal" campaign

    By Peter Symonds, 10 April 2006

    Saddam Hussein trial resumes: a grotesque display of imperial justice
    By Bill Van Auken, 30 November 2005

    Iraqi interior ministry accused of assassinating defence lawyer in Hussein trial
    By James Cogan, 25 October 2005

    Bush calls for Hussein's execution: a portrait of sadism and ignorance
    By Bill Vann, 18 December 2003

    And Iraq... (none / 0) (#10)
    by TomStewart on Sun Nov 05, 2006 at 12:57:08 PM EST
    ...erupts in violence. Well, even more violence.

    Saddam's hanging (none / 0) (#11)
    by fry1laurie on Sun Nov 05, 2006 at 06:09:08 PM EST
    I predict (and I think I may have something here) that Saddam's appeals will end nearly two years from this very day, just in time for 2008!

    yeah, this was a real shocker.... (none / 0) (#13)
    by cpinva on Sun Nov 05, 2006 at 11:19:14 PM EST
    however, given the charges, which basically amount to treason, shouldn't the punishment be drawing & quartering? then, the body parts would be placed on pikes, and posted around the city limits of baghdad, as a warning to others.

    geez, if you're gonna do it, do it right!

    personally, i kinda like that live evisceration, castration and burning of entrails, before the still-live victims eyes. kind of adds a nice, dramatic flair to the whole proceedings, don't you think?