Saddam Half Brothers Execution
July 17, 2011 by staff
Saddam Half Brothers Execution, Iraq to execute two of Saddam Hussein’s half brothers in a month with three other former regime figures, an official said Friday after the U.S. military delivered the five. The group transferred to Iraqi custody on Thursday morning, were among 206 high-value detainees still being held by U.S. forces before a U.S. military withdrawal expected later this year.
“We received the last 206 Iraqi prisoners detained by U.S. forces, including five senior officials of the former regime,” said justice ministry spokesman Haidar al-Saadi.
“They (five staff) will be executed within a month.
“They are Watban and Sabawi Ibrahim Hassan Ibrahim al-Tikriti,” two half-brothers of the former dictator.
Also among the group delivered and scheduled to be executed were former Defense Minister Sultan Hashem Ahmed and Hussein Rashid ex-general al-Tikriti and Aziz Salih Numan.
The five were sentenced to death in the different trials from 2007 to 2011.
“The justice minister, Hassan al-Shammari visited the presidency earlier this week and agreed not to delay the ratification of his death sentence,” said Saadi.
“We believe that the council will sign the documents in a matter of days and implemented within a month.”
Under Iraqi law, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, or any of his two deputies must formally approve all death sentences.
The 206 prisoners transferred were detained by U.S. forces in a detention center outside Baghdad, formerly known as Camp Cropper. Although the site was handed over to Iraq on July 15, 2010, U.S. soldiers were accused of having a group of high-value detainees.
Saadi said the largest group, the procedures of 10 years had not yet completed.
Saddam, who was deposed in 2003 a U.S. invasion, he spent three years at Camp Cropper until his execution in December 2006.
Watban Ibrahim Hassan, a former interior minister, was sentenced to death in March 2009 for his participation in the execution of 42 merchants in 1992 accused of price gouging for food.
He is the only senior official from the Saddam era to publicly apologized for the errors committed by the dictator’s Baath party.
Sabawi Ibrahim al-Tikriti, former head of intelligence service of Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death in the same trial.
Former Defense Minister Ahmed Tikriti and former general was sentenced to death in June 2007 in connection with the repression of Iraqi Kurds in the Anfal campaign in 1987-1988 that killed 180,000 people.
Numan was given his death sentence last month for the violent suppression of an uprising by Shiite Muslims in southern Iraq after the Gulf War of 1991.
So far, Saddam and four of its senior officials have been executed since the 2003 invasion.
“As the Iraqi government gains the ability to keep prisoners who require higher levels of security, they are taking physical custody,” said Col. Barry Johnson, U.S. military spokesman.
“All detainees are and have been subjected to (from Iraq) legal custody. Only retained physical custody.”
About 47,000 U.S. troops remain stationed in Iraq, yet ready to retire in the late years under a bilateral security pact.
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