In Iraq, twenty-one former members of the ruling Bath party have been executed for their alleged attempt to overthrow the month -old regime of President Saddam Hussein.
7 MAY 1978: GV INTERIOR Minister of Planning Minister of Planning Adnan Hussein speaking PAN TO delegates listening.
TRACKING SHOT Delegates seated at conference table.
SV Adnan Hussein speaking.
SV Delegates seated and listening. (7 SHOTS)
21 MAY 1974: SV President Ahmed Hassan Al-Bakr entering Al Mustensiriya University in Baghdad with Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions Secretary General Mr. Ayesh and delegates applaud. (4 SHOTS)
SV Al-Bakr and Ayesh seated on settee.
SV Delegates watching.
SV Al-Bakr and Ayesh seated and talking.
SV & CU Delegates applaud and listen as Ayesh makes speech. (4 SHOTS)
JANUARY 1977: SV PAN Al-Bakr talking to Sudan's Premier and Vice President Al Rashid Al-Taher Baker and Sudan's Defence Minister Marsher Bashir Mahamed Ali (in uniform). (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN Al-Bakr seated with Iraqi Under Secretary Mohei Abdul Hussein PAN TO two Sudanese.
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Background: In Iraq, twenty-one former members of the ruling Bath party have been executed for their alleged attempt to overthrow the month -old regime of President Saddam Hussein.
SYNOPSIS: Among the executed by firing squad on Wednesday (8 August), were some of the Iraqi President's closest colleagues in the Bath party and Army -- including this man, the former Deputy Prime Minister Adnan Hussein. He was reputed to have been one of the richest men in Iraq.
The special court that tried and convicted the alleged conspirators was formed on July the 28th, when the party and ruling Revolutionary Command Council announced that the plot had been uncovered. Since that time well informed Lebanese papers have put the number of detainees at more than two hundred and fifty.
Last month, President Ahmed Hassan Al-Bakr -- seen here at a conference in Baghdad in 1974 -- resigned as head of the Iraqi government and was replaced by Saddam Hussein. Less than two weeks later the discovery of the alleged plot was announced.
Another of the former party members condemned to death was Mohammed Ayesh. At the time this was filmed, he was Secretary General of the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions. Since then, he went on to become a leading figure in the Revolutionary Command Council. He was also one of the alleged conspirators who was executed by firing squad on Wednesday.
Besides the twenty-two people sentenced to death, thirty-three others were given prison sentences, ranging from one to fifteen years. There has been no word yet of the fate of the twenty-second man who was sentenced to death. However, it is believed that he fled the country before the alleged plot was discovered.