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Iraq's state-run TV says Saddam was hanged

Iraq's state-run TV says Saddam was hanged

Saddam Hussein has been hanged, state-run television reported Saturday.
"Criminal Saddam was hanged to death," state-run Iraqiya television said in an announcement. The station played patriotic music and showed images of national monuments and other landmarks.
The station said Saddam's half-brother Barzan Ibrahim and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, the former chief justice of the Revolutionary Court, were also hanged.
"The execution started with criminal Saddam, then Barzan, then Awad al-Bandar," an Iraqiya announcer said.
Mariam al-Rayes, a legal expert and former member of parliament, told Iraqiya television that the execution "was filmed and God willing it will be shown. There was one camera present, and a doctor was also present there."
Al-Reyes did not attend the execution. She said Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki did not attend, but was represented by an aide.
The station broadcast national songs and had a tag on the screen that read: "Saddam's execution marks the end of a dark period of Iraq's history."
Other Arab TV stations, including Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya and U.S.-financed Al-Hurra, aired live footage of the sun beginning to rise over Baghdad's Firdous Square, where U.S. Marines hauled down a statue of Saddam on April 9, 2003.
Al-Jazeera television showed clips from Saddam's life, including footage of Saddam wearing a hat and firing a rifle into the air, and images of Iraqi artillery units in the 1991 Gulf War.


Updated : 2021-01-18 18:46 GMT+08:00