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Bildt Calls Husseins Execution Regrettable

Published tisdag 2 januari 2007 kl 11.41
A video grab taken from al-Iraqiya television shows ousted Iraq president Saddam Hussein moments before being hanged in Baghdad, 30 December 2006

Many European countries have reacted critically to the execution of Saddam Hussein out of opposition to the death penalty.

Sweden was particularly strong in criticising the execution.

Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said it was especially regrettable because the legal process had not been terminated: Saddam had faced further charges.

European governments and organizations have condemned the former dictator’s crimes.

But Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, said: ”The European Union has been consistently against the use of the death penalty.”

The Council of Europe, called on Iraq to abolish the death penalty, calling it ”cruel and barbaric.”

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