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Iraq's most powerful Shiite bloc said Monday it wants former leader Saddam Hussein executed if he is convicted of war crimes by a special tribunal. It called on Iraq's interim president to resign if he refuses to sign the execution order.
In an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation on Monday, Talabani said that signing a death warrant for Saddam would go against his beliefs as a human rights advocate and someone who opposes capital punishment.
Speaking in an interview with The Associated Press, Dabagh said: "We feel he is a criminal. He is the No. 1 criminal in the world. He is a murderer." He added: "He deserves a trial, and he should be subjected to the law and the court. Whatever the decision, everyone should follow it, even if the president says he cannot sign it."
Shimmari said the death penalty was supported by both Islamic tradition and Iraqi criminal law.
"The 1969 penal code is very clear and orders the death penalty for anyone guilty of premeditated murder, incitation to murder or assisting in murder," he said, adding that the Koran also allowed for executions.