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Judge Rizgar: Iraqi law does not permit executions on public holidays  5.1.2007






Erbil, Kurdistan Region (Iraq), January 5, -- Judge Rizgar Mohammed Amin, member of Kurdistan Appeals Court and the former chief judge in the Dujail case, on Thursday said the Iraqi law does not permit death sentences to be carried out on public holidays and religious occasions.

"I’m not commenting on the execution of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein. I’m merely referring to the law. There is a straight article in the second chapter of the Iraqi penal code number 23 issued in 1971 which handles the issue of carrying out the death sentence,” Rizgar said.

The law “states that it is not permissible to carry out and execution during public holidays and the religious occasions of the convict’s faith. This is an article that should not be violated,” he said.
 
Rizgar Amin, Former Chief judge in the trial of Saddam Hussein  Photo : AFP

Several Arab, Moslem and western countries have expressed resentment at the timing of Saddam’s execution at the dawn of the first day of the Moslem Eid al-Adha (Bairam).

The chief judge Amin, a Kurd from Sulaimaniyah city who resigned from handling the Saddam Hussein Dujail trial in January 2006

The deposed president was executed on Saturday for crimes against humanity in the village of al-Dujail, where nearly 148 people were slain in 1982. Saddam’s body was buried in his hometown of Ouja, near Tikrit in
northern Iraq.

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