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Sunday, December 31, 2006, Chandigarh, India
Updated at 3:00 am (IST)

Saddam hanged

Baghdad, December 30
Saddam Hussein was hanged at dawn today, a dramatic end for a leader who ruled Iraq by fear for three decades before a US invasion toppled him and was then convicted of crimes against humanity.

The charge: Crimes against humanity.
Killing fields: Dujail, 1982, killed 148 Shias.
The verdict: Guilty, sentenced to death. 
The place: Indoor gallows at a secure facility in northern Iraq.
The time: About 8.30 am Indian Standard Time. 
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1. A file photo of Saddam Hussein. 2. A frame grab from Al Iraqiya television shows a piece of cloth being placed around former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein's neck. 3. Masked executioners place a noose around Saddam’s neck moments before his hanging in Baghdad on Saturday
1. A file photo of Saddam Hussein. 2. A frame grab from Al Iraqiya television shows a piece of cloth being placed around former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein's neck. 3. Masked executioners place a noose around Saddam’s neck moments before his hanging in Baghdad on Saturday. — Reuters photo

'The man raised some slogans and was not repentant by any standard'.— Mouwafak al-Rubaie,Iraq National Security Adviser

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Activists of the All-India Muslim Youth Unity Committee protest against the execution of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in New Delhi on Saturday. — PTI 
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