[Marxism] 13 resistance fighters hanged by puppet Iraqi government
acpollack2 at yahoo.com
Tue Mar 14 13:00:44 MST 2006
The NY Times is going ga-ga today about alleged executions by alleged al-Sadr street gangs. Meanwhile the "legal" execution of resistance fighters late last week has gone almost completely unnoticed.
What group did they belong to? What crimes were they convicted of? What was their defense?
We're not likely to find out. Not for them, or for the many more like them to come.
Add THIS to your undercounted bodies!
From the Los Angeles Times
13 Convicted Insurgents Are Executed in Iraq Move comes as Premier Jafari faces criticism that he has been ineffective against rebels. U.S. confirms it will hand over Abu Ghraib prison.
By Louise Roug
Times Staff Writer
March 10, 2006
BAGHDAD Iraqi authorities Thursday hanged 13 prisoners, including a woman, convicted of being insurgents, said an official who was present.
The executions, which were authorized by the Iraqi government, were the first to involve insurgents. It was the second time since Saddam Hussein's ouster in 2003 that the death penalty was carried out.
The hangings come at a time when interim Prime Minister Ibrahim Jafari's bid to keep his position in a new government has been questioned by Iraqi political factions.
"The prime minister is not soft," said Bassam Ridha, a Jafari advisor who witnessed the executions. He dismissed the timing as coincidence.
"The new Iraq will have to have a different flavor harsh on the criminals," Ridha said.
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