SULEIMANIYAH, Iraq - Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said Wednesday the
government should delay the execution of two of Saddam Hussein's co-defendants.
Awad Hamed al-Bandar, head of Iraq's former
revolutionary court, chants 'God is Great' while being sentenced to death
during his trial held under tight security in Baghdad's heavily fortified
Green Zone, in this Sunday Nov. 5, 2006 file photo. [AP]
Saddam's half brother and former intelligence chief, Barzan Ibrahim, and Awad
Hamed al-Bandar, former head of Iraq's Revolutionary Court, were sentenced to
death with Saddam.
They were found guilty, along with the former Iraqi leader, of involvement in
killing 148 Shiite Muslims after a 1982 assassination attempt on the former
leader in the northern town of Dujail.
opinion we should wait on the executions," Talabani said Wednesday at a news
conference with US Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad. "We should examine the
situation," he said without elaborating.
Ibrahim and al-Bandar were originally scheduled to be executed with Saddam on
Dec. 30. Their executions were postponed, however, until after the Muslim
holiday of Eid al-Adha, which ended a week ago.
Iraqi officials have said the two men were expected to be hanged in the
coming days, but no date has been released. Talabani said he did not know when
Ibrahim and al-Bandar would be hanged.
Saddam's execution devolved into an unruly scene that brought worldwide
criticism of the Iraqi government. Video of the execution, recorded on a cell
phone camera, showed the former dictator being taunted on the gallows.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said that Khalilzad asked him to
delay Saddam's execution for 10 days to two weeks, but added that Iraqi
officials rejected the demand.