Not wishing to prejudice the outcome of Saddam Hussein's appeal against the death penalty (note, I am being sarcastic!), an Iraqi official has said that if Saddam loses his appeal, he could face an immediate execution and possibly be buried in secret.
Seemingly Saddam and two of his co-defendants, Awad Hamed al-Bandar and Barzan al-Tikriti, may not spend years on death row as in the West.
"We will not waste time. We will look at the security situation and they will be executed immediately at the very first opportunity we get after the appeals chamber finalises the verdicts."
The official denied a very prejudicial statement by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki saying that the death sentence would be carried out by the end of the year, noting that the review by the high court will continue past December.
The fact that Saddam is still being tried for other crimes has apparently not entered the equation.
Is predetermined execution the norm of the new justice system in the new Iraq?
Is president Bush proud of the "new order" that he has "created" in Iraq?
Will Iraq still exist when sentence is passed?
"Mission Accomplished", Pah!