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Saddam: I Am Not A Common Criminal - I Demand To Be Shot Not Hung

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posted on Jul, 26 2006 @ 09:35 AM
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Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein appeared in court under protest Wednesday and demanded that he be shot by firing squad rather then hung like a common criminal if he is found guilty of crimes against humanity. Saddam stated and I quote; "Remember that Saddam was a soldier and that therefore, if he is condemned to death, he should be shot and not hanged." It should be noted that Saddam was never a member of the military however; he did give himself the honorary rank of field marshal and often wore a military uniform.
 



news.yahoo .com
A thinner but combative Saddam Hussein returned to court Wednesday for the first time since his hunger strike and hospitalization, complaining he had been forced to attend the proceedings and asking to be executed by firing squad if the court sentences him to death.

"I was brought against my will directly from the hospital," Saddam told the chief judge. "The Americans insisted that I come against my will. This is not fair."

He asked the court to execute him by firing squad — "not by hanging as a common criminal" — if it convicts him of all charges and sentences him to death.

"I ask you being an Iraqi person that if you reach a verdict of death, execution, remember that I am a military man and should be killed by firing squad," he said.



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During the course of the court, session Saddam also alleged that half of his legal staff had been killed which was reported to be somewhere around 43 lawyers and only 3 lawyers that I know of were actually killed and even some of those were not Saddam's personnel lawyers so he also appears to be lying as usual. And let us not forget the alleged 1,100 lawyers that left his defense team.

Seems like Saddam has no intention of going down without dictating to others how he be executed if found guilty and I for one feel that is wrong. Personally I feel he should not be given any special treatment. Opinions?

Related News Links:
www.irishexaminer.com
www.guardian.co.uk

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[edit on 7/26/2006 by shots]




posted on Jul, 26 2006 @ 02:11 PM
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the no-good S.O.B. needs to be drawn and quartered.....then hung !!!

Any requset he makes should be instantly refused !!


GSA

posted on Jul, 26 2006 @ 02:17 PM
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Take him to a wall, put a blindfold on him, them slip a cable round his kneck and sky crane him into the air to do the hemp fandango - Then every one will be able to see that this evil man and his evil ways have gone forever.

With saddam and his two sociopathic sons dead, the world will be able to sit and contemplate a peaceful iraq.

While saddams still alive the Fayedeen will fight on. Hanf him, and they will get the message.



posted on Jul, 26 2006 @ 02:37 PM
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I think he should be hung just because he said something about it. The kurdish people he mass murdered sure didn't get a choice on how they died. What does Sadaam think this is "Moty Python and the Meaning of Life?"


edit for spelling.

[edit on 26-7-2006 by james28colkd]



posted on Jul, 26 2006 @ 03:36 PM
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Sounds like a reasonable comprimise to me. Shoot him in the leg then hang him.



posted on Jul, 26 2006 @ 03:37 PM
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Admittedly, he weren't nothin' even resembling a "common" criminal. Give him over to the Kurds, let them decide...I'm thinkin' we'd need a new term for gruesome death...his fate, or better yet the families of the thousands murdered for his and his lovely sons pleasure.



posted on Jul, 27 2006 @ 11:36 AM
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Saddam was not in court today, however judges listened to the closing arguments for other defendants and have stated the Verdict is expected to be handed down in Mid October.



Yahoo News

Lawyers gave their closing arguments Thursday for the last two defendants in Saddam Hussein's trial, and the chief judge adjourned the proceedings until mid-October when the ex-president and two top lieutenants could be sentenced to death.

Saddam was not in court because his court-appointed attorney presented closing arguments Wednesday. The defense team has boycotted the trial since last month to protest the killing of lawyer Khamis al-Obeidi. He was the third defense lawyer slain since the trial began in October.

The ousted president and seven others have been on trial since Oct. 19 for their alleged roles in the killing of Shiite Muslims in Dujail following an assassination attempt on Saddam there in 1982. The prosecution has asked for the death penalty for Saddam and two others.

The final two defendants to appear in court for closing arguments were former Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan and Awad al-Bandar, who presided over the revolutionary court that sentenced Shiites in Dujail to death or imprisonment in the crackdown.



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Now the question is how will the appeal process work and how many appeals are allowed? I hope it is not like in the US, if so this could drag on for years.




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posted on Jul, 27 2006 @ 12:33 PM
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How about they rape his sisters in front of him and then set his beard on fire and burn him to death, like he's done to his enemies?

Or they gas him.

Or they beat him to death.

ANd how about he be handcuffed behind his back, and then hung from the ceiling by the handcuffs while they decide how to execute him. THat should dislocate his arms from their sockets, like he did to his enemies while figuring out how to kill them?


Or, they could torture him for a few months in order to find out where all the regular weapon stockpiles are, and then torture his entire family until he tells them which of his generals and fedayeen members went over to the insurgency. And then when they're done, they round up everyone in Tikrit, his tribal home, and gas them to death, 'just to teach them a lesson', like he did.


There's nothing that anyone can do to him that is going to compare to what that beast did. The fact that he's apparently given up and is trying to direct the debate to hasten his death is rather amusing, at least he's been mentally broken.

They should have him sign a document surrendering to the US and agreeing that the war was legal and ordering all former officers and agents to stop fighting at least.



posted on Jul, 27 2006 @ 12:56 PM
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This monster should receive no special treatment. If the penalty is death and the method is hanging then that's what he gets. As far as him being a soldier not in his wildest dreams. Then again the idea to turn him over to the Kurds isn't a bad one at that. I'm sure the Kurds would make sure he receives the justice he so richly deserves.



posted on Jul, 27 2006 @ 01:08 PM
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Saddam has slipped into the categorical of irrelevance. He was a tin pot dictator with murderous tenancies. Get through the trials, afford him no soapbox, and carry out the sentence swiftly and without fanfare... Let him die the death of a thug and a criminal, without honor or dignity... A death perscribed by the law of the land, and not of his choosing, I think that would be justice enough.



posted on Jul, 28 2006 @ 05:58 AM
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There needs to be a gas leak in the cell block that contains the defenders that way we would no longer have to put up with this farce of a trial. Saddam will be excuted the security situation in Iraq would make imprisoning the guy a foolish idea. Some of Saddam henchmen will get reduced sentences or get off scot free because they will have crafted a series of lies that will not be found out in the near future.

By the time that something that comes closer to the facts comes out Saddams henchmen will have vanished into the wood work.

[edit on 28-7-2006 by xpert11]



posted on Jul, 28 2006 @ 06:08 AM
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Being shot confers some degree of military status upon the horrible man, so we can't shoot him. Shame though - the queue for volunteers would stretch around the block!
His military status would be questionable anyway - being a supreme commander just because you are the dictator is not a good excuse. And he was a terrible strategist anyway. He started two wars (First Gulf War vs Iran in 1980 - horrible stalemate, then Second Gulf War 1990-1991 - horrible slaughter of his own men) and buggered the first and then badly lost the second.
Hanging IS too good for him though. How about they just hand him over to the widows of some of those he had murdered/raped/tortured?



posted on Jul, 28 2006 @ 08:40 AM
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Technically, what he did fell on the grounds of treason. Would anyone happen to know what the punishment for treason had been, when Saddam was in power? If it's hanging, I find it to be quite an irony.



posted on Jul, 28 2006 @ 12:11 PM
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well atleast saddam knows whats coming for him! shot or hung yes it will be one of the two. no bail for this maniac please!



posted on Jul, 28 2006 @ 12:36 PM
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I wonder if there are any plastic shreders laying around. They could always slowly lower him into one of those....feet first.

On a more seroius note......will the excution be televised? It seems to me that the middle east typically showed excutions not only in public by also televised.



posted on Jul, 28 2006 @ 12:47 PM
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They should just shoot George Bush in front of Saddam (to really get him mad) and then hang him. That way everybody wins!



posted on Jul, 28 2006 @ 01:14 PM
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It's immaterial to me how Saddam dies. His death sentence, if indeed he is sentenced to death, should be executed according to Iraqi law.

[edit on 2006/7/28 by GradyPhilpott]



posted on Jul, 28 2006 @ 03:28 PM
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Wow, people are really violent...
And before you go off on me about why you are, I do understand he did alot of very bad things, but still, people, you need to show some emoticom of restraint.

I say just shoot him in the head, get it over with, no longer have to deal with things, that and I don't care who you are or what you've done, torture is not right.

I say let him be shot just because he has the tenassity(sp?) to even say it.
That, and he's pretty entertaining to watch/hear about while he's in court, atleast to me.



posted on Jul, 28 2006 @ 03:33 PM
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OK, for the philistine who erased my post: (
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a link instead


It is still an apt analogy for this discussion.



posted on Jul, 28 2006 @ 03:38 PM
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I think he should be hung. Or hanged.

He wants to go with a little more dignity, the military way......

He's in no position to be making demands anyway.



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