ISIS reportedly captures, executes judge who sentenced Saddam to death

posted at 4:41 pm on June 23, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Judge Raouf Abdel-Rahman, the Iraqi judge who presided over former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s 2006 trial, has been captured and executed by the Islamic fundamentalist group ISIS, according to a report from the Egyptian newspaper Al-Mesyroon.

Abdel-Rahman’s execution was reportedly labeled as revenge for the death of Hussein. While his death has not yet been confirmed by the Iraqi government, Jordanian MP Khalil Attieh appeared to confirm the development on Monday.

“Iraqi revolutionaries arrested him and sentenced him to death in retaliation for the death of the martyr Saddam Hussein,” Attieh wrote on his Facebook page. Another Facebook page attributed to the former Ba’athist deputy Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri also announced the capture of Abdel-Rahman.

The former Iraqi judge is believed to have been captured on June 16 and executed two days later.

Abdel-Rahman headed a five-judge panel that heard five months of testimony in 2006. That court eventually sentenced Hussein to death by hanging, a sentence carried out in November of that year.

The militant group ISIS has captured large portions of northern Iraq and Syria and, on Sunday, announced the capture of two border posts linking Iraq, Syria, and Jordan.


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Bob Beckel rejoices

Schadenfreude on June 23, 2014 at 4:45 PM

There went da Judge.

vnvet on June 23, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Apparently that’s the price to be paid for siding with the U.S.A. these days.

Lance Corvette on June 23, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Once again we see an ally sold out when the Dems take charge. The lesson is to never work with the US or you could die a horrible death.

juliesa on June 23, 2014 at 4:47 PM

So, Saddam’s trial lasted five months. This guy got what, 10 minutes tops? Lovely folks there in ISIS.

Occams Stubble on June 23, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Apparently that’s the price to be paid for siding with the U.S.A. these days.

Lance Corvette on June 23, 2014 at 4:46 PM

And in Vietnam.

juliesa on June 23, 2014 at 4:48 PM

OT, and though HA covered this in the Headlines, I hope we do get at least one post on what Drudge is headlining:

Scandal of fiddled global warming data…
USA has actually been COOLING since 1930s

Shameful govt data manipulations uncovered by Steven Goddard: http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2014/06/23/noaanasa-dramatically-altered-us-temperatures-after-the-year-2000

anotherJoe on June 23, 2014 at 4:49 PM

On Saturday, I flew back from Italy via Munich. While waiting in line at passport control, I was talking to a guy who had flown back from Turkey. He said the airport there was filled with refugees waiting to get out to somewhere.

This situation has not yet reached the nadir. It all puts the boasts of the lazy stupid bastard to shame. GM is imploding under crappy cars and willfully hidden defects while the government and unions were the major stakeholders. Saddam Hussein (no relation to Barry) may be dead but that doesn’t mean the war in Iraq is over.

Happy Nomad on June 23, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Barack Obama is the greatest president ever.

John the Libertarian on June 23, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Once again we see an ally sold out when the Dems take charge. The lesson is to never work with the US or you could die a horrible death.

juliesa on June 23, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Poland says ties to the US are worthless. With Obama in the White House the Poles are right.

Happy Nomad on June 23, 2014 at 4:51 PM

If ISIS terrorists did this then a video tape of the killing should be coming out soon, as ISIS broadcast their killing even of much lower ranks of their enemies… It is very possible that the Sunni tribes/Saddam ex-army are the one who killed this judge…

mnjg on June 23, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Barack Obama is the greatest president ever.

John the Libertarian on June 23, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Two more years of this filthy lazy stupid bastard shucking and jiving instead of leading- he could be the last American President ever.

Happy Nomad on June 23, 2014 at 4:53 PM

The execution story is ISIS propaganda; Judge Rauf is alive and safe. His family has issued a statement in confirmation.

Farragut Jones on June 23, 2014 at 4:57 PM

If ISIS terrorists did this then a video tape of the killing should be coming out soon, as ISIS broadcast their killing even of much lower ranks of their enemies… It is very possible that the Sunni tribes/Saddam ex-army are the one who killed this judge…

mnjg on June 23, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Confirmed on FOX – they are working together now.

VegasRick on June 23, 2014 at 4:59 PM

ISIS just wants to punish anyone who implements 21st century law or is perceived as helping the United States.

Joel_The_Oneth on June 23, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Poland says ties to the US are worthless. With Obama in the White House the Poles are right.

Happy Nomad on June 23, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Can’t blame them after what he did to them with missile defense back in 2009.

Doughboy on June 23, 2014 at 5:04 PM

I’m going to nitpick your history Noah–Saddam was executed in December of that year.

Jonathan on June 23, 2014 at 5:04 PM

collaborators won’t get a marine chopper this time. You’re on your own. Everyman for himself.

Red Creek on June 23, 2014 at 5:08 PM

The execution story is ISIS propaganda; Judge Rauf is alive and safe. His family has issued a statement in confirmation.

Farragut Jones on June 23, 2014 at 4:57 PM

FJ, do you have a link for this?

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on June 23, 2014 at 5:08 PM

So horrible, if true. I pray it’s not.

LASue on June 23, 2014 at 5:09 PM

TWM — No link; reached out to former colleagues still in-country when I heard the story yesterday. Hot Air has my e-mail address from comments registration if they want bona fides, etc.

Farragut Jones on June 23, 2014 at 5:13 PM

I’m going to nitpick your history Noah–Saddam was executed in December of that year.

Jonathan on June 23, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Wikipedia says November 30

RINO in Name Only on June 23, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Googling does bring up a December 30 date of execution, but there’s a YouTube video complaining about the execution posted on December 16, so I assume the December 30 date is mistaken.

RINO in Name Only on June 23, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Confirmed on FOX – they are working together now.

VegasRick on June 23, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Sure the Sunni tribes/Saddam ex-Army are working with ISIS terrorists for now but this will not be the case sooner rather than later…

mnjg on June 23, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Is the Doctor who helped us kill Bin Laden still alive? Last time I heard we just left it up to him for his own survival.

tommer74 on June 23, 2014 at 5:21 PM

sigh…memories.
overseas the lance missiles I rode with could use neutron bomb, only kills people and short half life.
for whatever reason that was considered atrocious, killing AND destroying stuff was considered better (damned hippies grr), but I really think we should just use these and get rid of scourges of the earth.
then the kurds can take over in 14 days or so.

dmacleo on June 23, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Wikipedia says November 30

RINO in Name Only on June 23, 2014 at 5:14 PM

It was December 30 2006, I remember it very clearly because it was a just one day away from new year eve…

mnjg on June 23, 2014 at 5:25 PM

…I wonder if Justice Roberts is worried?

JugEarsButtHurt on June 23, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Apparently that’s the price to be paid for siding with the U.S.A. these days.

Lance Corvette on June 23, 2014 at 4:46 PM

And in Vietnam.

juliesa on June 23, 2014 at 4:48 PM

And, in the near future…Afghanistan. Perhaps, in a farther future Japan, South Korea, et. al.

Techster64 on June 23, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Interesting proposition – LiL Kim decides to push his luck on SoKo with our current spineless POTUS presenting a window of opportunity. Tecnically we’re still at war with the NORKS, as no treaty was signed, only a cease fire on the DMZ.

Red Creek on June 23, 2014 at 6:36 PM

“Religion of Peace”

fossten on June 23, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Why would the sunni retards want retribution for the death of a baathist scumbag who killed many, MANY sunnis?

I think the baathists probably got him.

Diluculo on June 23, 2014 at 8:37 PM

I’m going to nitpick your history Noah–Saddam was executed in December of that year.

Jonathan on June 23, 2014 at 5:04 PM/

Wikipedia says November 30

RINO in Name Only on June 23, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Actually wikipedia says he was hanged on December 30th. He was sentenced in November.

Jonathan on June 24, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Actually there are two different articles, one saying November and one saying December.

Jonathan on June 24, 2014 at 11:44 AM