Saddam's Half-Brother Beheaded by the Hanging Noose
[Illustration, not a photo of this hanging]
...as the trapdoors swung open, they dropped and the rope severed the hooded head of Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti, Saddam's younger half-brother and former intelligence chief.
Government officials said they had decided not to distribute any part of the film to the public.
Iraq says the beheading was caused by a hangman's error "in setting the noose or the length of the rope."
They showed the video to journalists because there was no possibility of a cover-up...the bodies were being turned over to families for burial.
Here's a video of a BBC journalist describing the hanging video.
Iraq's comments afterwords:
"The convicts were not subjected to any mistreatment," [overnment spokesman Ali ]Dabbagh said describing the beheading by the rope as a rare mishap. "Their rights were not violated. There was no chanting."
No violation of rights or procedures? This is the democracy we are installing in Iraq?
Not only that, the beheaded executionee was suffering from cancer.
Saleem al-Jibouri, a senior Sunni Arab member of parliament, told Reuters Barzan's body may have been weakened by the cancer he was suffering: "But we have doubts and we want to ask experts and doctors if it's possible the head can come off," he said.
Life in prison plus cancer wasn't enough of a punishment?
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