According to AP sources, the state-run Iraqiya television news announced “criminal Saddam was hanged to death and the execution started with criminal Saddam then Barzan then Awad al-Bandar.”
Also hanged were Hussein’s half-brother Barzan Ibrahim and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, the former chief justice of the Revolutionary Court.
According to BBC, the execution occurred on December 30, 2006 at 6:05am local time. CNN reported that Shiite Muslims danced and chanted around his body after execution.
Husseins execution comes 56 days after being convicted and sentenced to death for the killings of 148 Shiite Muslims from a town where assassins tried to kill the dictator in 1982.
On Monday, Iraq’s highest court reject Hussein’s appeal and ordered him to be put to death within 30 days. A U.S. judge on Friday refused to stop Saddam’s execution, rejecting last-minute court challenges. Iraqi execution personnel had said they wanted to execute Hussein before the start of Eid ul-Adha the evening of December 30.
This trial reaffirms the idea that leaders are responsible for crimes committed during their reign. In 1982 Hussein was on the defense after Iraq’s blitz attack on Iran turned into a long destructive war of attrition. The savagery is legendary. On the southern front, Iraq’ oil-financed high-tech army battled waves of Iranian forces while also brutally suppressing Kurdish separatists in the north. Iraq became a testing ground for all types of horrors including chemical and biological weapons. Hussein might have argued that it was a time of war that terrorists and fanatics threatened their way or life. Hussein might have argued that a President cannot be held responsible, that he was above the law.
On Friday, people proved him wrong.