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Friday, January 05, 2007

Inquiry regarding Hussein’s execution arises from Kurdish community

As a grand representation of the end of the Hussein regime, the execution of Saddam Hussein was succeeded by an alloy of emotion, the Guardian Unlimited reported on Monday. While satisfied and relieved, many Kurds questioned the timing of the execution. In a statement, a spokesperson for the Kurdish president, Massoud Barzani, explained, “We also wish that the execution not be used as an excuse to ignore the documentation of the enormous crimes committed against the Kurds.” At the time of his death, Saddam Hussein had yet to be tried for a series of crimes occurring in the late 1980s including genocide against the Kurdish people as well as a gas attack on Halabja, which killed thousands of Kurds.

Trials will resume in January against other members of the Hussein regime. However, according to Iraqi law, any remaining charges following an execution must be extinguished.

A trial and conviction for additional crimes against Hussein would have served as a way to honor those Kurds that were killed, and also acted as a medium to educate the Iraqi people and the international community as to the heinous crimes against humanity that the Kurdish people have had to endure.

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