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Iraq Crisis: Judge who sentenced Saddam Hussein to death executed

India TV News Desk 24 Jun 2014, 9:08:30 IST
India TV News Desk
New Delhi: Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters have reportedly captured and executed the judge who sentenced Saddam Hussein to death, a Facebook post attributed to Ibrahim al-Douri, who was a top aide of the fallen Iraqi leader, said.

A Jordanian MP made a similar claim on his Facebook page. The Iraqi government hasn't confirmed the killing, but issued no denial.

He is believed to have been arrested on June 16, and died two days later.

Jordanian MP Khalil Attieh wrote on his Facebook page that Judge Rahman, who had headed the Supreme Iraqi Criminal Tribunal during Saddam's trial, had been arrested and sentenced to death.

'Iraqi revolutionaries arrested him and sentenced him to death in retaliation for the death of the martyr Saddam Hussein,' he said, according to Al-Mesyroon.

Attieh also said that Judge Rahman had unsuccessfully attempted to escape from Baghdad disguised in a dancer's costume.

The Facebook page for Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, Saddam's former deputy who has emerged as a key figure among the Sunni militants, also posted that the rebels had been able to arrest Judge Rahman.

Judge Rahmann, who was born in the Kurdish town of Halabja, took over midway through the trial in January 2006 after previous judge Rizgar Amin was criticised for being too lenient in his dealings with Hussein and his co-defendants.

The father of three had graduated from Baghdad University's law school in 1963 and worked as a lawyer before he was appointed as the chief judge of the Kurdistan Appeals Court in 1996.

Rahman took over the Saddam trial in January 2006 after previous incumbent Razgar Amin was criticized for being lenient. A father of three, Rahman was a graduate of Baghdad University's school of law.

The Daily Mail claimed that in March 2007, Rahman sought asylum in Britain. He had travelled to UK with his family on a tourist visa. He had apparently feared for his life. But there was no official confirmation of such an asylum appeal.