DW readers this week voiced their opinions on the court ruling that Saddam Hussein is to be executed by hanging, with most respondents voicing their disapproval of the death penalty.
After a tumultuous trial, Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death
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It is appalling to see on television the joy of those saying the sentence is proof of the fairness and independence of the Iraqi judiciary system. It is all set up and directed from Washington through the green zone. How many crimes against their own peoples have European countries committed in their history to achieve unity, parliamentary, democracy? How many crimes have been committed during colonialism? How many innocents have died to pay for European and American prosperity? Cynicism has not been a casualty, for sure. -- Sergio, Costa Rica
I agree with the human rights group that the trial was flawed and an act of revenge by his former allies. I hope for peace in Iraq that Saddam Hussein's life will be spared. He may be the only leader to stop all the violence in the near future. -- G. Gosau, Canada
Has Saddam been given a fair and just trial? (If) it is not the case, those who submit him to a death sentence are not any better than him. Anyone who really desires peace will not choose this path. -- Susylia
I think life in prison without parole would be more justified because he still should have many years to live. Knowing he will never get out is a harsh sentence. The only problem is that European and Middle Eastern prisons do not have such a sentence, and the United States does not want him. -- Cecil Means
It could not have happened to a more deserving butcher. -- M. Nice