From AP: Verdict: Saddam to hang.
Defiant, raging and arrogant to the end, Saddam Hussein trembled and shouted “God is great” as he was sentenced to hang.
“Long live the people and death to their enemies. Long live the glorious nation, and death to its enemies!” Saddam cried out.
Then bailiffs took the arms of Iraq’s once all-powerful leader, and the man the United States went to war to drive from power walked steadily from the courtroom with a smirk on his face.
The hawk-faced chief judge, Raouf Abdul-Rahman, sentenced Saddam to the gallows Sunday for crimes against humanity, convicting the former dictator and six subordinates for a nearly quarter-century-old case of violent suppression in this land of long memories, deep grudges and sectarian slaughter.
UPDATE -- Nov. 7: From CNN: Hussein to Iraqis: Forgive each other, reconcile.
Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, speaking in court two days after being sentenced to death for crimes against humanity, has called on Iraqis to forgive each other.
"I call on all Iraqis, Arabs and Kurds, to forgive, reconcile and shake hands," Hussein said Tuesday at his second trial, where he and six other defendants face charges related to the military Operation Anfal in the country's Kurdish region in 1988.
Posted by Forkum at November 6, 2006 03:29 PM