The prosecution in the trial of Saddam Hussein has demanded the death penalty for the ousted Iraqi president.
“Well done,” was the response from the deposed leader as he sat in the dock. The same sentence was also requested for the other main defendants including Barzan al-Tikriti, Saddam’s half-brother.
As the trial enters its final phase, chief prosecutor Jaafar al-Mussawi said the death penalty should be given to those he said had “spread corruption on earth.” “Not even trees escape their oppression,” he added. All eight men on trial deny the charges against them in connection with the deaths of 148 Shi’ite villagers.
The crackdown in Dujail followed a failed assassination attempt on Saddam in 1982.
After a trial lasting eight months, the defence will deliver its closing remarks at the next scheduled hearing on July 10.
Judges will then consider their verdicts.