The hanging of Saddam Hussein’s former vice-President, Taha Yassin Ramadan, has spurred little reaction in Baghdad. But the organisation “Human Rights Watch” is concerned the death sentence was in breach of international law. Ramadan was killed for his role in the slaughtering of 148 Shiites in the 1980’s. But the group claims there was not enough evidence linking him to the crime. Moscow has said his execution does not help the situation in Iraq.
Ramadan was the fourth of the Iraqi leadership to go to the gallows since the court trials began in Baghdad. He apparently said nothing and, unlike when Saddam was hanged, no pictures appear to have been taken of the punishment being carried out. He was sentenced to life in prison but an appeals court over-ruled that in favour of his execution.