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Germans, French Object to Saddam Execution

Baghdad’s decision to re-establish the death penalty ahead of the war crimes trial of Saddam Hussein evoked a mixed reaction in Europe, recalling the split across the continent over the war that toppled the Iraqi leader. Germany and France, two of the most vocal anti-war opponents, strongly stated their opposition — without exception — to the death penalty and called on Iraqi authorities to ensure Saddam a fair trial. In Berlin, the government’s top human rights official, Claudia Roth, criticized Baghdad’s move to reinstate capital punishment, which was suspended during the U.S. occupation.Full Story

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