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Saddam's former vice-president handed death penalty

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Iraq’s High Tribunal has sentenced Saddam Hussein’s former vice-president Taha Yassin Ramadan to be hanged. He stood trial alongside the former Iraqi leader over the killing of 148 Shi’ites in the village of Dujail in 1982.

New York based Human Rights Watch urged the court not to impose the death penalty, saying there was a lack of evidence tying Ramadan to the Dujail killings.

However Judge Ali al-Kahachi handed down the death penalty saying Ramadan committed the crime of willful murder.