Saddam's former deputy sentenced to death

An Iraqi court today raised the sentence against Saddam Hussein’s vice president to death by hanging for the killings of Shiites in the town of Dujail.

An Iraqi court today raised the sentence against Saddam Hussein’s vice president to death by hanging for the killings of Shiites in the town of Dujail.

The decision had been expected after a Baghdad appeals court ruled that Taha Yassin Ramadan’s previous sentence of life in prison was too lenient.

If the ruling is upheld on appeal, Ramadan would be the fourth to face capital punishment after Saddam, his half brother and former intelligence chief Barzan Ibrahim, and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, former head of Iraq’s Revolutionary Court, were sent to the gallows.

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