A special tribunal set up in Baghdad to try the men accused of assassinating Iraqi Defence Minister, Hammad Shehab, has convicted the country's Director of Public Security, Colonel Nazem Kazzar.
A special tribunal set up in Baghdad to try the men accused of assassinating Iraqi Defence Minister, Hammad Shehab, has convicted the country's Director of Public Security, Colonel Nazem Kazzar. It was reported today (Saturday, July 7) that Colonel Kazzar has been executed for his part in the assassination plot. Two other officers were killed in the attack, and another Cabinet minister was slightly wounded. iraqi officials claimed the assassination was part of a conspiracy to re-establish "reactionary and imperialist" influence in the country. The plot was also described as the most serious revolt against the Ba'athists since they took power five years ago.
General Shehab was buried on Monday (2 July), with full military honours. The funeral procession was led by Iraqi Deputy President, Saddam Hussein. The general's flag-draped coffin was borne, in a large cortege, from Baghdad to his home town, Tikrit, which is 90 miles to the north. Thousands of mourners, carrying placards denouncing the assassination, also took part in the procession.
SYNOPSIS: Assassinated Iraqi Defence Minister, General Hammad Shehab, was given a full military funeral in Baghdad on Monday (2 July).
The funeral procession was led by the number two man in the Iraqi Government, the deputy President, Saddam Hussein. There were reports that the absence of the President was an indication that internal security has been tightened.
The official account of the assassination is that General Shehab was host dead after being lured into a trap by the Director of Public Security, Colonel Nazem Kazzar. Two other army officers died in the attack, and the Minister of the Interior, General Saadoun Ghaidan, was slightly wounded.
The Iraqi Government set up a special tribunal to try Colonel Kazzar, and others allegedly involved in the assassination. Colonel Kazzar was convicted and executed on Saturday.
Thousands watched the flag-draped coffin borne through Baghdad to the Al-Mamoom Mosque. After prayers, the body was taken 90 miles to the general's home town, Tikrit. A seven-gun salute was fired as the coffin was lowered into the grave.
The assassination has disrupted Iraq's relative political calm. It's been described as the most serious revolt against the ruling Ba'athist Government.