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Thursday, January 4, 2007

Person Who Recorded Saddam's Execution is Arrested

From The person believed to have recorded Saddam Hussein's execution on a cell phone camera was arrested Wednesday, an adviser to Iraq's prime minister said.

The adviser to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media, did not identify the person. But he said it was "an official who supervised the execution" and who is "now under investigation."

"In the past few hours, the government has arrested the person who made the video of Saddam's execution," the adviser said.

Iraqi state television aired an official video of the hanging, which had no audio and never showed Saddam's actual death. But the cell phone video showed the deposed leader being taunted in his final moments, with witnesses shouting "go to hell" before he dropped through the gallows floor and swung dead at the end of a rope.

The unruly scene aired on Al-Jazeera television and was posted on the Internet, prompting a worldwide outcry and big protests among Iraq's minority Sunnis, who lost their preferential status when Saddam was ousted in the U.S.-led invasion of March 2003. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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Why is it that the taking of the video is apparently criminal, but nothing is being done about what actually happened during the execution itself? Pretty clear case of shooting the messenger here.

Also, I say "apparently", because I doubt that there is a statute (at least yet) prohibiting the guard from taking the video, and therefore, he had no notice that his actions could get him arrested. That's a pretty basic component of a system with Due Process safeguards.

Posted by: Jamie | Jan 6, 2007 12:34:08 PM

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