Monday, January 15, 2007

Sunnis "horrified" and "angry" over decapitation

Reuters reported today that, while Iraqi Shiites welcomed the hanging of two aides of Saddam Hussein in the early hours Monday, Iraqi Sunnis and even some Shiites were horrified that Saddam's half-brother Barzan Hassan had his head torn from his body by the force of the rope during the execution.

Ali Abbas Ridha, a Shiite in Mosul, said he feared the executions would provoke violence.

The two aides, Hassan, the former chief of Hussein's secret police, and Awad Bandar, the chief judge under the former regime, were hanged side by side after being sentenced to death in November for their roles in the killings of 148 men and boys after a 1982 assassination attempt in Dujail, Iraq, CNN reported.

Video of the hangings were shown to a group of journalists to show "that the beheading was accidental."

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