Iraq crisis: Sunni militants kill judge who ordered Saddam Hussain's hanging

Published Jun 24, 2014, 5:59 pm IST
Updated Mar 31, 2019, 11:22 pm IST
The judge was earlier reported to have been kidnapped by the militants last week
Kurdish judge Raouf Abdul Rahman. (Photo courtesy: Iraqi high tribunal)
 Kurdish judge Raouf Abdul Rahman. (Photo courtesy: Iraqi high tribunal)
Baghdad: The Sunni fundamentalist group ISIS had killed the judge who ordered Saddam Hussain's verdict of death-by-hanging in 2006, several Arab news media reported on Tuesday. 
Reports claim that Kurdish judge Raouf Abdul Rahman was executed by the Sunni militants in retaliation to Saddam's hanging. 
The judge was earlier reported to have been kidnapped by the militants last week on June 16.  
File photo of Kurdish judge Raouf Abdul Rahman. (Photo: AP)
However Iraqi government has not confirmed the news, several Arab news reports cited at least two important Facebook posts, confirming the report. 
One of the FB posts cited, is that of Jordanian MP Khalil Attiehq who wrote that Judge Rahman, who had headed the Supreme Iraqi Criminal Tribunal during Saddam’s trial in 2006, was arrested and sentenced to death in revenge for the tyrant's death. 
The Jordanian MP added in his Facebook post that the judge attempted to escape by donning dancers' uniform but was caught and killed by the ISIS fighters. 
Another Facebook post confirming the judge's execution by militants is that of Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, who was Saddam’s former deputy and later emerged as a key figure among the Sunni militants. Al-douri is reportedly one of the masterminds behind the latest ISIS offensive in Iraq. 
Judge Raouf Abdul Rahman was born in the Kurdish town of Halabja, and was appointed the head of the five-member bench overseeing Sadam's trial in 2006 after the previous judge Rizgar Amin was criticised for being soft on the dictator. 
In this File photo of Saddam Hussain is seen in full flight with the
bench of judges who gave verdict of death-by-hanging Saddam in
2006. Saddam is shouting "Long live the Arab state" before the
special court in Baghdad. (Photo: AP/ File)
Abdel-Rahman judged five months of testimony during Saddam's trial in 2006 that concluded with the hanging verdict against the dictator. 
Saddam was later sentenced to death by hanging that year in November in public. 
The judge had reportedly been lambasted for announcing the death verdict as he was considered as being biased, given that his relatives were among the 5,000 people killed in a poison gas attack in 1988, allegedly ordered by Hussein.
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