Saddam Hussein’s one-time deputy has been buried close to his former boss after being hanged before dawn this morning, on the fourth anniversary of the allied invasion. His son called the death sentence a “political assassination”. It was Taha Yassin Ramadan’s wish to be buried in Tikrit, close to Saddam’s grave.
He was sentenced to life imprisonment in November last year for his role in the torture and murder of 148 Shi’ites in the 1980’s. But that was over-ruled by the appeals court in favour of his execution. In Baghdad, four years on, they have been cleaning up after yet more bombings. Sixteen people died in insurgent related violence in Baghdad on Tuesday. More than 50 were injured.