UN criticizes Saddam Hussein’s death penalty

Top news: 5 November 2006, Sunday.

The European Union has welcomed the guilty verdict announced in the trial against Saddam Hussein, but said the former Iraqi leader should not be killed.

In a statement issued by Finland, which currently holds the EU presidency, the EU said it opposed capital punishment in all cases and under all circumstances, DW reported.

The United States has called the guilty verdict a good day for Iraqis and evidence of an independent judiciary in Iraq. Earlier on Sunday, Saddam Hussein and two co-defendants were sentenced to death for crimes against humanity.

The charges stemmed from the killing of 148 Shiite Muslims in the village of Dujail in 1982.

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