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Statement of the MFA on the Execution of Saddam Hussein´s Sentence

 

„We respect the execution of the sentence as an act, by which Iraq settles up with the leader of a regime, which led the country into numerous senseless wars and brought suffering for many innocent people“, stated Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexandr Vondra.(2/1/2007)

"We respect the execution of the sentence as an act, by which Iraq settles up with the leader of a regime, which led the country into numerous senseless wars and brought suffering for many innocent people", stated Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexandr Vondra.

In this moment it is important for this country agitated by violence, that Saddam Hussein was lawfully sentenced by an Iraqi court. Iraq settles up with his past and it is also at least a partial satisfaction for the relatives of the victims of Saddam Hussein´s crimes.

Despite the fact that death sentence is contradictory to European values, the execution of Saddam Hussein´s sentence has to be considered from the point of view of present Iraq.

There are still many supporters of former Iraqi President in Iraq and we can expect therefore that the execution of the sentence will raise in a short-term inquietude in the country. We believe nevertheless that from the long-term point of view, the ending of Saddam Hussein´s era will bring Iraq closer to stability and democracy.


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