Thursday, January 04, 2007

Saddam execution video leads to arrests

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By STEVEN R. HURST, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraqi authorities reported the arrests Wednesday of two guards and an official who supervised Saddam Hussein's hanging and said the guard force was infiltrated by outsiders who taunted the former leader and shot the video showing his body dangling at the end of a rope.

The unauthorized video, which ignited protests by Saddam's fellow Sunni Arabs in various Iraqi cities, threatens to turn the ousted dictator into a martyr. Saddam was shown never bowing his head as he faced death, and asking the hecklers if they were acting in a manly way.

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Apparently the Iraqi authoraties delt with this in a good way, they could at least save face by showing some objectivity and justice in the manner. As much as the man was a heart-colded criminal, he is still a human being and has rights. The room should not have been infiltrated by people who had no business being there during the execution.

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