Video footage of Saddam Hussein’s final moments have been beamed around the world.
Officials released a that was filmed on the gallows once notorious for executions by the former leader’s own security police.
The actual moment of death, at 10 past six on Saturday morning, has not been released.
However, still photographs of his body have been broadcast around the world.
The execution is said to have been rushed through by the Iraqi Prime Minister, despite the fact it comes in the middle of one of the most sacred festivals on the Muslim calander.
As celebrations got underway by those keen to see Saddam die for his brutal treatment of Shi’ites and Kurds, the government said he would be buried in a secret location.
The execution is the sentence imposed over the deaths of 148 people killed in the Shi’ite town of Dujail in 1982.
In Baghdad the death is being described by the government as the closing chapter in a sad period in the country’s history.