Tuesday, February 28, 2006
AP: Saddam OKd Shiite executions
By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press Writer -- Tuesday - 1 hour, 23 minutes ago
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Prosecutors at 's trial presented a document Tuesday they said was signed by the former leader, right, approving the executions of more than 140 Shiites in southern after an assassination attempt in the 1980s.
After about two hours of hearing documents, the court adjourned until Wednesday.
The document was among several presented by chief prosecutor Jaafar al-Moussawi concerning the killings of Shiites from the town of Dujail in 1982.
A memo from the Revolutionary Court, dated June 14, 1984, announced that 148 suspects had been sentenced to death by hanging and listed their names. The prosecutor said the signature on the memo was that of the court's head, Awad al-Bandar, one of Saddam's co-defendants.
A document dated two days later was a presidential order approving all 148 death sentences. The paper was signed by Saddam, al-Moussawi said, displaying the document with the signature on a screen in the court room.
The sentences were passed after an "imaginary trial," al-Moussawi told the court.
"None of the defendants were brought to court. Their statements were never recorded," he said.
The documents were presented after Saddam's lawyers ended their monthlong boycott of the tribunal.
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