The execution of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein took place on Saturday, 30 December 2006. Saddam was sentenced to death by hanging after being convicted of crimes against humanity by the Iraqi Special Tribunal for the murder of 148 Iraqi Shi'ites in the town of Dujail
in 1982, in retaliation for an assassination attempt against him. 
The Iraqi government released an official videotape of his execution, showing him being led to the gallows, and ending after his head was in the hangman's noose.
International public controversy arose when a mobile phone recording of the hanging showed him surrounded by a contingent of his countrymen who jeered him in Arabic and praised the Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr , and his subsequent fall through the trap door of the gallows.
The atmosphere of the execution drew criticism around the world from nations that oppose as well as support capital punishment . On Sunday 31 December 2006, Saddam Hussein's body was returned to his birthplace of Al-Awja , near Tikrit, and was buried near the graves of other family members.
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