Friday, May 25, 2007

Hangman of Baghdad gets his comeuppance

Taha Yassin Ramadhan has at last got his comeuppance. Saddam's right hand man - known of the Hangman of Baghdad - Ramadhan was himself hanged in Baghdad a few weeks ago. This event prompted Emanuel Sivan, writing in Haaretz, to recall a book he read long ago by Fouad (Max) Sawdayee: All waiting to be hanged. Thanks to Iraqijews for this summary of Sivan's piece.

While still in living Baghdad, Sawdayee kept a diary during the years 1968 until 1970 (the year he escaped from Iraq through Kurdistan).

In October 1968 Saddam Hussein and his right-hand man Taha Yassin Ramadhan claimed that they had discovered a spy network for Israel and the CIA. They claimed that Iraq was defeated in the Six Day War because of this network.

In January 1969 a public trial was held. The judges ridiculed the accused. The defence lawyer even apologised for defending persons worthy of contempt and called for a severe punishment for those found guilty.

Nine Jews, three Muslims and one Christian were hanged in mid-January in the public square. Hundreds of thousands from all over Iraq came to watch.

Read article in full (Hebrew)

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