As the world waits to learn the fate of Saddam Hussein, amid spiralling violence in Iraq, authorities have ordered a security clampdown. There have been more bomb and gun attacks in several parts of the country as tension mounts ahead of tomorrow’s expected verdict in Saddam’s trial on crimes against humanity charges.
It is reported Iraqi authorities may declare a curfew after the verdict. All police leave has been cancelled and Baghdad airport is to be closed. If found guilty he could face the death penalty. The ousted president and seven co-accused have been charged over the killing of 148 Shi’ite villagers after an assassination attempt in 1982. But even if he is convicted, a death sentence would only be carried out after all appeals were exhausted and that could take months or even years.