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 Powerful Shiite leader calls for swift execution of Saddam aides

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Powerful Shiite leader calls for swift execution of Saddam aides 8.1.2007






BAGHDAD, January 8, -- Powerful Iraqi Shiite politician Abdel Aziz al-Hakim has called for the swift execution of two former aides of Saddam Hussein, who was himself hanged nine days ago.

"We demand in the name of the Iraqi people that the prime minister and the government accelerate the carrying out of the execution of those criminals who have been sentenced," Hakim, leader of the Supreme Council of Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), a Shiite party in the ruling Iraqi government, said at a religious gathering in Baghdad on Monday.

He also urged authorities to "stay on course to take legal actions against the others to achieve justice."

Two of Saddam's aides, Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti and Awad Ahmed al-Bandar, are to be executed after an Iraqi court found them guilty of crimes against humanity.

International leaders and human rights groups have called for a stay of the executions after the bungled hanging of Saddam on December 30.

Iraqi Shiite leader Abdel Aziz al-Hakim, the head of parliament's largest bloc
Photo:AFP


In his final moments Saddam was taunted apparently by a Shiite guard, triggering widespread protests across Iraq's Sunni Muslims and an outcry
by international leaders.

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