Press release – 666(2006)

Council of Europe Secretary General: Iraqi people need justice not retribution

Strasbourg, 05.11.2006 – Statement by Terry Davis, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, in reaction to the death penalty for Saddam Hussein.

“Saddam Hussein was a ruthless dictator and he must pay for his crimes, but executing him would be futile and wrong. What Iraqi people need is justice not retribution. A country ravaged by violence and death does not need more violence and especially not a state orchestrated execution. Saddam Hussein is a criminal and should not be allowed to become a martyr.”

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