ISIS In Iraq: Terrorist Group Executes Judge Who Sentenced Saddam Hussein
ISIS terrorists in Iraq claimed they have captured and killed Judge Rauf Rashid, who sentenced Saddam Hussein to death in 2006.
Several news sites in the Middle East are reporting the news, though there is no official confirmation from the Iraqi government.
Reports claimed that Rauf Rashid tried to escape Baghdad but was caught and captured by ISIS fighters.
Details of the capture are not entirely clear, but it is believed that Rahman was captured on June 16 and killed within two days.
Jordanian MP Khalil Attieh confirmed on Facebook that Judge Rauf Rashid was arrested and sentenced to death.
“Iraqi revolutionaries arrested him and sentenced him to death in retaliation for the death of the martyr Saddam Hussein,” he said, via the newspaper Al-Mesyroon.
The lasting shadow of Saddam Hussein has played a role in the conflict between ISIS fighters and the Iraqi government. The head of Hussein’s tribe has recently spoken out against ex-Ba’athists who have joined the jihadist uprising, saying the country’s late dictator would not have approved.
Sheikh Hassan al-Nasseri told The Telegraph that Saddam Hussein would not have approved of their joining with ISIS fighters in Iraq.
“The people taking part in this fight are not true to the beliefs of Saddam or his Ba’ath party, which was a movement with principles and ideology,” he said after fleeing from Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, where ISIS and Ba’athist fighters have taken control. “We have nothing to do with al-Qaeda.”
It is believed that former commanders of Saddam’s party have joined the fight against the Iraqi government, and that they see Hussein’s former town as well as the northern city of Mosul to belong to them.
“I was at home when the attack began. When I went to bed the night before, there was police and army on the streets, and when I woke up there was armed groups,” said Mr Nasseri. “They took over the whole city in just 12 hours.”
There is still no confirmation from the Iraqi government whether ISIS terrorists captured and killed Judge Rauf Rashid.