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Iraqi tribunal to issue death sentence for Saddam VP

[JURIST] Former Iraqi Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan [Trial Watch profile] will be sentenced to death at a hearing before the Iraqi High Tribunal [official website] now scheduled for January 25, according to a court spokesperson speaking to the press on Tuesday. Ramadan was convicted [JURIST report; BBC verdict summary] in November in connection with crimes against humanity committed in the town of Dujail in 1982. In the tribunal appeals chamber's December 26 decision upholding Saddam Hussein's death sentence [JURIST report], the court also ruled that a life sentence for Ramadan was too lenient and ordered the trial court to re-sentence him.

Two other co-defendants in the Saddam Hussein trial [JURIST news archive], former chief judge of Iraq's Hussein-era Revolutionary Court Awad Hamed al-Bandar [Wikipedia profile] and former Iraqi intelligence chief Barzan Ibrahim al Tikriti [GlobalSecurity profile; BBC profile] were executed [JURIST report] earlier this week. AP has more.

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