A government enquiry has been launched. A guard is being questioned. But that has not curbed the controversy over Saddam Hussein’s hanging. Taunted on the gallows and illicitly filmed on a mobile phone, the former Iraqi dictator was put to death on Saturday. Iraqi officials have said the execution chamber was infiltrated by outsiders.
As the country waits for the results of the probe, the US military insists it had no role in the hanging and would have done things differently.
Tension is mounting amid reports that Saddam’s half-brother, Barzan al-Tikriti, may be executed on Thursday alongside former chief judge Awad al-Bander. Both were convicted with Saddam over killings in the town of Dujail.
Thousands of the late president’s fellow Sunnis continue to protest at his death – and how it was handled.
With Iraq torn apart by violence, the government had hoped Saddam’s execution would be a unifying event, bringing Sunnis and Shi’ites closer together.
National reconciliation now, however, seems remote.