Iraqi court sentences three Saddam's aides to death

08:57, November 30, 2010      

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An Iraqi court on Monday issued death sentences to three Saddam Hussein's top aides for their role in the crackdown against Faili Kurds during the Iraq-Iran war in the 1980s, a court official said.

"The High Criminal Court issued death sentences against Saadoun Shaker, Mizban Khuder Hadi and Aziz Salih al-Noaman by hanging after finding them guilty in charges of genocide against the Faili Kurds," an official from the court told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The court, in the meantime, found two of Saddam's brothers not guilty in the case, the official added.

Saadoun Shaker was Iraq's interior minister during the 1980s under Saddam Hussein's regime, while the other two were top officials in Saddam's Baath party during the same period.

The court also issued sentences of imprisonment between 10 to 20 years to other codefendants, including former Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz, in the same case, the source said.

Aziz, on Oct. 26, had been sentenced to death by an Iraqi court for his role in eliminating religious parties during Saddam Hussein's regime.

The latest verdicts also set free several codefendants, including two of Saddam's half brothers Watban Ibrahim al-Hassan and Sabaawi Ibrahim al-Hassan, if they are not wanted for trial in other cases.

During the eight-year war between Iraq and Iran in the 1980s, Faili Kurds were either exiled to Iran or executed by Saddam's security forces under pretexts of not being loyal to the Iraqi regime.

Source: Xinhua


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