SULEIMANIYAH, Iraq, (AP) -Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said Wednesday the execution of two of Saddam Hussein’s co-defendants should be delayed.
Saddam’s half brother and former intelligence chief, Barzan Ibrahim, and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, former head of Iraq’s Revolutionary Court, were sentenced to death with Saddam.
They were found guilty, along with the former Iraqi leader, of involvement in killing 148 Shiite Muslims after a 1982 assassination attempt on the former leader in the northern town of Dujail.
“In my opinion we should wait on the executions,” Talabani said Wednesday at a news conference with U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad. “We should examine the situation,” he said without elaborating.