Court upholds death sentence against Saddam's deputy

An Iraqi court has upheld the death sentence against Saddam Hussein’s former deputy for his role in the killing of 148 Shiites in 1982.

An Iraqi court has upheld the death sentence against Saddam Hussein’s former deputy for his role in the killing of 148 Shiites in 1982.

Taha Yassin Ramadan, who was Saddam’s vice president when the regime was ousted by the US-led invasion in 2003, will be hanged.

In Baghdad, Judge Mounir Haddad said the appeals court decision was relayed to the government of Prime Minister Nouri Maliki, which will set the date for the execution.

Haddad, a member of the court’s nine-judge panel, said the decision to uphold the death sentence was unanimous.

Ramadan was convicted in November along with Saddam and six others in the killings of Shiites in Dujail following an assassination attempt against the former Iraqi leader in 1982 in the Shiite town north of Baghdad. The court sentenced him to death last month.

Three other defendants were sentenced to 15 years in jail in the case, while one was acquitted.

Saddam was hanged on December 30 and two of his co-defendants in the Dujail case, his half-brother and former intelligence chief Barzan Ibrahim and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, former head of Iraq’s Revolutionary Court, were executed in January.

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