Filmer of Saddam Execution Arrested

The Iraqi government has arrested the person who used his cellphone to videotape Saddam Hussein’s execution, reports the Associated Press. The man, whose film disturbed the world and instigated Sunni protests around Iraq, “was an official who supervised the execution and now he is under investigation,” according to an anonymous key [Prime Minister Nouri] al-Maliki adviser cited in the story.

It’s unclear what the charge or the consequences will be for the illicit taper, or why he was permitted to be there, cellphone in hand. Clearly, we haven’t yet heard the whole story behind the chaotic scene at the hasty hanging, even if we’ve seen it as it happened.


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