Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Iraqi government orders probe of Saddam hanging

Iraq's prime minister ordered an investigation Tuesday into Saddam Hussein's execution to try to uncover who taunted the former dictator in the last minutes of his life, and who leaked inflammatory footage taken by camera phone of the hanging.

BAGHDAD, 3 January 2007 — A senior Iraqi court official nearly halted Saddam Hussein’s execution when supporters of a militia leader taunted the former president as he stood on the gallows.

Many in Saddam’s Sunni minority, and moderate Shiites and Kurds, have been angered and embarrassed by the video. In it, observers chant “Moqtada, Moqtada, Moqtada!” for militia leader Moqtada Sadr. Saddam by contrast looks dignified on the gallows and replies: “Is this what you call manhood?”
Arab News

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