Saddam Hussein has been found guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced to death by an Iraqi court for his part in the killing of 148 Shia Muslims in Dujail in 1982.
Six co-defendants were also convicted – two of these received death sentences, while another four received jail terms. A seventh was acquitted because of a lack of evidence.
During the trial, Saddam had demanded that he face a firing squad. “Saddam Hussein is a military commander and should be shot by bullets,” he said. But officials at the Iraqi high tribunal say he is being tried as a civilian, and under the law that means he faces hanging. Paragraph 86 of the Iraqi penal code says: “The death penalty is the hanging of the condemned person by the neck until he is dead.”
Yes – He Should be hanged to death:
Saddam was sentenced to death by hanging for his role in the killing of some 140 men in the mostly Shia town of Dujail, seized after a failed assassination attempt against him. In Iraqi law, guilty verdicts on murder charges are automatically sent within 10 days to a nine-judge appellate chamber, no matter who the defendant is.
It can take as little as 20 days for the appeal to be heard.
If a death sentence is upheld, it must be carried out within 30 days, and Iraq’s tripartite presidency must sign the execution papers.
No – Its not fair to Hang him
Hanging cannot be a just punishment. You can’t kill people for your reasons but we can for ours. I feel hanging him will make us just like him. Anyone who enjoys watching another person die is not part of the Humanity we claim to care about. Even the worst of the worst such as Saddam have human rights. God made Saddam; God can kill him. Human beings have no right to kill, whether by their own hands or through their governments. So why can’t we just give him life sentence. May be one day he will feel sorry for his mistakes.