Saddam may face speedy execution
Associated Press | August 11, 2005
BAGHDAD—Saddam Hussein could be executed after his first trial if convicted and sentenced to death for his alleged role in a 1982 Shiite massacre, even though he faces other charges, an official close to the proceedings said yesterday.
The first trial, which involves the deposed Iraqi ruler's alleged role in the 1982 massacre of an estimated 150 Shiites in Dujail, north of Baghdad, is expected to begin by fall, the official said, briefing reporters on condition his name not be used for reasons of security.
Iraqi authorities are building about a dozen other cases against Saddam, 68, that they intend to try separately. Those cases include the killing of rival politicians over 30 years, the 1987-88 Anfal campaign that left tens of thousands of Kurds dead or displaced and the crushing of a 1991 uprising by Shiites after the first Persian Gulf War.
If he's sentenced to death in the Dujail case, authorities could "theoretically" carry out such a sentence against Saddam, the official said.