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Death penalty for Saddam Hussein
The Trail was unfair for the victims
                                                                                                                                    Ayoub Barzani

The former Iraqi president was convicted by a Baghdad court for his role in the killing of 148 people in the mainly Shiit town of Dujail in 1982. His half brother Barzan al-Tikriti was also sentenced to death, as was Iraq's former chief judge Awad Hamed al-Bandar

Former Vice-President Taha Yassin Ramadan got life in jail and three others received 15-year prison terms. Another co-defendant, Baath party official Mohammed Azawi Ali, was acquitted.  

Judge Rauf Abdel Rahman ordered Saddam Hussein to stand while he read out the verdict, but the former president defiantly refused to do so and had to be moved from his seat by court attendants.

As the judge began reading the death sentence Saddam Hussein shouted out "Allahu Akbar!" (God is Greatest) and "Long live Iraq! Long live the Iraqi people! Down with the traitors!" The former leader looked shocked and furious as the sentence was passed.

Shortly after the verdict was announced, celebratory gunfire could be heard across Baghdad. In Kurdistan and Shiite, populated areas in the Iraqi south, people welcomed the verdict.

Though, the verdict is just for Saddam and his clique, it is unfair to millions of relatives of Qoshtepa , Anfal and Halabja victims, we were expecting that the trail will continue till, all the circumstances under which, the operation of Genocide was carried out, be clarified and known to all Kurds.

The Kurdish people like to see the trail goes through the entire files of Qoshtepa 1983, Anfal 1987-88 and Halabja Genocide in 1988. Many important events, on all military operations against Kurds,
are still unidentified. Saddam’s death, will burry what the entire Kurdish people want to know.