CAIRO – Several press reports have claimed that judge Raouf Abdel Rahman who sentenced former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein to death in 2006 has been captured and executed by Sunni rebels as they march towards Baghdad.
"Iraqi revolutionaries [Isil militants] arrested him and sentenced him to death in retaliation for the death of the martyr Saddam Hussein," said Jordanian lawmaker Khalill Attieh on his Facebook page, International Business Times reported on Tuesday, June 24.
The reports were first made by Britain's Daily Mail which said that the claimed killing of Abdel Rahman was in retaliation for his sentencing Saddam to death by hanging in 2006.
According to the report, the Iraqi government has not confirmed the killing of the judge, but officials had also not denied reports that he was captured last week.
Abdel Rahman headed the Supreme Iraqi Criminal Tribunal during Saddam's trial.
Local reports suggest that the former judge tried to escape from the militants' clutches in disguise but was recaptured and killed.
Saddam was executed on Saturday, December 30, the first day of `Eid Al-Adha, one of the major feasts in the Muslim calendar, triggering a storm of international criticism and protests.
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