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The execution of Saddam Hussein

- It is important that the former dictator of Iraq was brought before a court and sentenced for some of his crimes against humanity, says Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre. - At the same time Norway opposes the use of the death penalty in principle, and therefore regrets the execution of Saddam Hussein, says Støre. (30.12.06)

Press release

No.: 169/06
Date: 30.12.06

The execution of Saddam Hussein

- It is important that the former dictator of Iraq was brought before a court and sentenced for some of his crimes against humanity, says Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre. It would have been preferable if he had been brought to justice also for other crimes. A clarification of responsibility would have been positive for the necessary reconciliation in the country, says the Foreign Minister.

- At the same time Norway opposes the use of the death penalty in principle, and therefore regrets the execution of Saddam Hussein, says Støre.

- The execution does not solve Iraq’s political problems, including the serious security situation. The government of Iraq must therefore, together with the various groups in the country, continue the work to achieve security and peace for the whole population, says Støre.