Iraq crisis: ISIS kill judge who ordered Saddam Hussein’s hanging

SIS kill judge who ordered Saddam Hussein's hanging

Baghdad: The Islamic fundamentalist group ISIS have captured and killed the judge who ordered death-by-hanging verdict against former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in 2006, several Arab news media reported Tuesday.

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

The judge was earlier reported to have been captured by the militants last week on June 16.

Though Iraqi government has not confirmed the news, several 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 jusge’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 Sunni 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 Sadam’s trial i n 2006 after the previous judge Rizgar Amin was criticised for being soft on the dictator.

Abdel-Rahman jusged five months of testimony during Saddam’s trial in 2006 that concluded with the hanging verdict against the dictator.

Saddam was later sentenced to death by hanging that year in November in public.

The judge had reportedly been lambasted for announcing the death verdict as he was considered as being biased, given that his relatives were among the 5,000 people killed in a poison gas attack in 1988, allegedly ordered by Hussein.

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