Only weeks after the secretly filmed execution by hanging of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Husayn al-Tikriti, early reports suggest that his half-brother and former Iraqi Ba'thist intelligence chief Barzan Ibrahim Hassan al-Tikriti [RIGHT, with Saddam] and Awad Hamad al-Bandar, once the chief judge on the puppet Revolutionary Court, have also been executed. Both were convicted in the same trial as their former leader after being found to have been intimately complicit in carrying out the mass arrests, torture, and execution/murder of 148 Shi'i Iraqi civilians from the town of Dujayl in 1982. The executions come despite a request by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, a major Kurdish political leader, last week to stay their executions for the time being.
Saddam should not have been executed until after the current trial for the brutal suppression his security forces and military carried out against the Kurds in the late 1980s (the Anfal Campaign). His execution was also carried out in an extremely unprofessional manner. However, in my view he deserved to be executed for the horrific crimes that he unleashed for over a quarter-century on the Iraqi people. Al-Bandar [RIGHT], as chief revolutionary court judge, was a rubber stamp for Ba'thist crimes. Both Barzan al-Tikriti and al-Bandar were closely involved in the executions in Dujayl, though they were also complicit in a laundry list of other Iraqi Ba'thist crimes against humanity including mass arrests, torture, and murder.
To read a report of the executions, see: