BAGHDAD (AFP) - Pressure was mounting on Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to halt the executions of two of Saddam Hussein's henchmen amid growing international criticism over the way the ousted dictator was hanged.
With former secret police chief Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti and revolutionary court judge Awad Ahmed al-Bandar expected to be hanged in days, New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Monday the executions would further highlight "the Iraqi government's disturbing disregard for human rights and the rule of law."
"The execution of these two, however heinous the crimes involved, is cruel and inhuman punishment that will only drag a deeply flawed process into even greater disrepute," HRW director Richard Dicker HRW said in the statement.
"The haste and vengeance infusing Saddam Hussein's hanging should prompt the Iraqi government to halt these executions," said Dicker
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