Saddam judge ‘executed’

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Raouf Abdul Rahman

Raouf Abdul Rahman

Baghdad: Iraqi militant group ISIL has killed the judge who ordered Saddam Hussain’s verdict of death-by-hanging in 2006, several Arab news media reported on Tuesday.

Reports claim that Kurdish judge Raouf Abdul Rahman was executed by the militants in retaliation to Saddam’s hanging.

The judge was earlier reported to have been kidnapped by the militants last week on June 16.
Although the Iraqi government has not confirmed the news, several media reports cited at least two important Facebook posts, confirming the report.

One of the FB posts cited, is that of Jordanian MP Khalil Attiehq who wrote that Judge Rahman, who had headed the Supreme Iraqi Criminal Tribunal during Saddam’s trial in 2006, was arrested and sentenced to death in revenge for the tyrant’s death.

The Jordanian MP added in his Facebook post that the judge attempted to escape by donning dancers’ uniform but was caught and killed by the ISIS fighters.

Another Facebook post confirming the judge’s execution by militants is that of Izzat Ibrahim Al-Douri, who was Saddam’s former deputy and later emerged as a key figure among the militants.

Al-Douri is reportedly one of the masterminds behind the latest ISIS offensive in Iraq.

Judge Raouf Abdul Rahman was born in the Kurdish town of Halabja, and was appointed the head of the five-member bench overseeing Saddam’s trial in 2006 after the previous judge Rizgar Amin was criticized for being soft on the dictator.

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