Iraqi Judge: Saddam Execution Today or Tomorrow
Saddam has been transferred to Iraqi custody.
Saddam Hussein has been transferred from U.S. custody, his lawyers said, and an Iraqi judge authorized to attend the former dictator's hanging said he would be executed no later than Saturday.
The physical hand-over of Saddam to Iraqi authorities was believed to be one of the last steps before he was to be hanged, although the lawyers' statement did not specifically say Saddam was in Iraqi hands.
"A few minutes ago we received correspondence from the Americans saying that President Saddam Hussein is no longer under the control of U.S. forces," according to the statement faxed to The Associated Press.
"Saddam will be executed today or tomorrow," said Munir Haddad, a judge on the appeals court that upheld Saddam's death sentence. "All the measures have been done."
Larissa adds her thoughts here.
Another reader writes in,
The extremely short duration of the post-conviction process in Iraqi death penalty cases. Whatever one thinks of Saddam Hussein's trial, the same law applies to other people against whom their may be much evidence. Should the US be supporting a judicial death penalty system whose level of due process falls so far short of our own system? Not only are we supporting it militarily, there actually are or have been US federal prosecutors in Iraq prosecuting actual cases including death penalty cases.
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