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Iraq: Execution of former Saddam aide raises fears for others

Headline Title:  Iraq: Execution of Saddam aide raises fears for others 08 June 2012 The Iraqi authorities must halt the country's alarming rate of executions, Amnesty International said after a former aide to Saddam Hussain became the latest death penalty convict to be executed this year.Abed Hamid Mahmoud, also known as Abed Hamoud, was executed by hanging on Thursday, taking the total number of executions in Iraq in the first half of 2012 to at least 70.Abed Hamoud was presidential secretary and bodyguard to the former Iraqi President Saddam Hussain. Two other members of Saddam's…

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