Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Noose tightens and Clean up in Basra

One more hurdle down:
Appeals Court Upholds Saddam Hussein's Death Sentence

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Saddam Hussein / AP
BAGHDAD, Iraq — An Iraqi appeals court has upheld the death sentence ordered for Saddam Hussein at his first trial, Iraq's national security adviser said Tuesday.

"The appeals court approved the verdict to hang Saddam," Mouwafak al-Rubaie told The Associated Press.

On Nov. 5, an Iraqi court sentenced Saddam to the gallows for the 1982 killings of 148 people from a Shiite Muslim town after an attempt on his life there.

The decision of the appeals court must be ratified by President Jalal Talabani and Iraq's two vice presidents. Talabani opposes the
death penalty but has in the past deputized a vice president to sign an execution order on his behalf — a substitute that was legally accepted.

Once the decision is ratified, Saddam and other co-defendants in the trial would be hanged within 30 days. (link)
I know some of you aren't for the death penalty, but I am. Saddam deserves it for the things he did to his people. Millions of people would be alive today had this man not come into power. The abuses by he and his family on the people of Iraq will forever haunt the Iraqi people as they move toward a free country (if they can get the ethnic purging under control that is).

Bad cops?

U.K. Soldiers Watch for Reprisals After Police Station Raid

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

BAGHDAD — British soldiers on Tuesday were on alert for reprisals a day after they raided a police station in the southern city of Basra, killing seven gunmen in an effort to stop renegade Iraqi officers from executing their prisoners.

"We fully expect more attacks on our bases and on Basra stations, but that's nothing out of the ordinary," Maj. Charlie Burbridge, a military spokesman, said Tuesday. "But this is part of a long-term rehabilitation of the Iraqi police service, to make it more effective and more accountable, and ultimately provide better security for the people of Basra."

After the British stormed the police station, they removed 127 prisoners, who showed evidence of torture, then evacuated the building before blowing it up, he said.

Burbridge had previously said only 76 prisoners were in the station, but later said soldiers miscounted the prisoners because the operation was done under cover of darkness.

Some 800 of the British military's 7,200 troops in Iraq were involved in the operation, he said.

A spokesman for Iraq's defense minister said Monday that the Iraqi interior and defense ministries approved the Basra operation, but some members of the Basra provincial council said they were not notified. (link)

Find a problem, fix said problem. Say what you want about the Brits, they usually do what they set out to do (if they ever decide exactly what to do). 'Dirty' cops in Iraq is a major problem when trying to rebuild not only the army but the police corps itself. At least this group will no longer be executing prisoners based on their whims.
Reason against the dhimmikrauts

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