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Saddam execution outside international law

30 December, 2006

Commenting on the execution overnight of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin today said that the trial and execution were entirely outside of international law and human rights standards.

Deputy Ó Caolain said:

"Without any doubt Saddam Hussein presided over a brutal and violent regime and he was guilty of the most barbaric abuses of Human Rights.

"However the show trial conducted and the subsequent execution performed in front of the TV cameras was outside of international law and outside any normal Human Rights standards.

"It will I believe have further violent ramifications for the beleaguered people of Iraq and indeed the entire Middle East region in the time ahead." ENDS

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