New UN Chief Defends Death Penalty for Hussein

[Washington Post] Colum Lynch - UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said Tuesday that Iraq and other countries have the right to impose the death penalty, adding that the world should never forget Saddam Hussein's "heinous crimes." Ban's first public reaction to Hussein's execution signaled a sharp break from his predecessor, Kofi Annan, an ardent death-penalty critic. "Saddam Hussein was responsible for committing heinous crimes and unspeakable atrocities against the Iraqi people," Ban said. "The issue of capital punishment is for each and every member state to decide."

2007-01-03 01:00:00

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