Saddam if he is convicted of crimes committed during his regime.
Saddam Hussein is being tried
for crimes against humanity
Iraqi authorities plan to put Saddam Hussein on trial within five days
after the 15 October referendum on the new constitution, an official says.
"Saddam's trial will start right after the October referendum between 16
October and at the latest October 20," said the official, who spoke on
condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to make the official announcement.
The official spoke after government spokesman Laith Kubba announced that Iraq
had carried out its first executions since is Saddam was ousted in 2003. Three
men were hanged at 10am in a Baghdad prison for murdering three policemen.
US officials scrapped the death penalty in 2003 but Iraqi authorities reinstated
it after the transfer of sovereignty so they would have the option of executing
European Union countries have distanced themselves from legal proceedings against
Saddam, refusing to provide forensic and other assistance, because of the prospect
that Saddam may be executed.
Iraqi authorities plan a series of trials for specific alleged offenses rather
than lumping them altogether. The first trial will focus on the alleged massacre
of hundreds of Shias in Dujail in 1982 following a failed assassination attempt.
Separate trials are expected for the gassing of the Kurds at Halabja and the
1991 suppression of the Shia uprising in the south, will be held later, officials
The government announced that the three men hanged on Thursday had been sentenced
to death by a court in Kut last May. The government statement said they were
convicted of killing three police officers, kidnapping and rape.
Iraqi officials say about seven other people, including one woman, have been
sentenced to death but their cases are still under review or appeal.
Death sentences must be approved by the three-member presidential council headed
by President Jalal Talabani, who opposes capital punishment. Talabani refused
to sign the authorisation himself but his office said he had authorised one
of his vice-presidents, Adil Abdul-Mahdi, to do so for him.
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