Taha Yassin Ramadan is executed, despite protests of lack of evidence
By J. Kelman,  Newser User
Posted Mar 20, 2007 10:09 AM CDT
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, left, receives a symbolic key of the luxurious new resort Saddam   (KRT Photos)

(Newser) – Saddam’s loyal vice president was hanged today for the same crimes as his boss. Taha Yassin Ramadan became the fourth to be executed in Iraq for the 1982 massacre of Shias in the city of Dujail. Ramadan’s original sentence of life in prison was found on appeal to be too lenient, and the court traded up to death.

Care was taken this time to avoid a repeat of the nasty “head popping off” incident that occurred at the hanging of Saddam’s half brother, Barzan Ibrahim. But human rights organizations continue to protest the lack of legal process at the trials.