15 January 2007 – Awad Hamad al-Bandar

Awad Hamad al-BandarAwad Hamad al-Bandar was hanged on this day in 2007 for crimes against humanity in Iraq.

Saddam Hussein’s ex-chief judge was accused of having ordered the death of 143 Dujaili inhabitants who’d been accused of trying to assassinate Saddam Hussein in 1982.

Despite asserting that the executions were lawful, because the villagers had allegedly ‘confessed’ and that he was only doing his job, Bandar was still found guilty. The fact that he also stood accused of ordering the executions of 35 teenagers who were too young to be put to death didn’t help his cause. And so he was sentenced to death. He was hanged alongside Barzan Ibrahim al-Hasan al-Tikriti at 3am, aged 62.

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