Iraqi court sentenced former Saddam official to death

On August 3, 2010, the Iraqi High Criminal Court announced that it had sentenced several senior officials of Saddam Hussein's government. Mezban Khadar Hadi, who was a leader in the Baath Party, was sentenced to death for draining the country's marshlands in an effort end Shiite resistance in the region. Before his arrest in 2003, Hadi was a member of the Iraqi Revolutionary Command Council, which had both legislative and and executive authorities under Saddam's regime. The court also sentenced Saddam advisor Abdul Ghani Abdul Ghafoor to life in prison and 29 other Baath officials to prison sentences of up to 15 years.

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