A former high-ranking Yemeni military figure is reportedly seeking to mark the 9th anniversary of the death by hanging of the former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
Yahya Mohamed Abdullah Saleh, who is the nephew of ousted Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh and was a commander of the Central Security Organization from 2001 to 2012, is preparing the ground for Saddam’s commemoration in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, within the next few days, Arabic-language website al-Mashhad al-Yemeni reported on Monday.
The report added that portraits and posters of Saddam have been put up in several shops and are getting sold in a number of neighborhoods in Sana’a.
The source went on to disclose that Saleh has lately met and held talks with one of the grandsons of former Iraqi military commander, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, and published a photo of the event.
In February 2007, Yemen’s Kanaan association held a commemoration in Sana’a to mark the 40th day after Saddam’s death.
Saddam’s eldest daughter Raghad, who lives in Amman, Jordan, came to Sana’a for the ceremony, as did his youngest daughter Hala, who is believed to be based in Qatar with her mother, Sajida.
Saddam Hussein was arrested by US forces on December 13, 2003, and was consequently charged by the Iraqi Special Tribunal with the murder of 148 Shias from the town of Dujail in the 1980s.
In November 2006, Saddam was found guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced to death.
He was hanged on December 30, 2006 at Camp Justice, an Iraqi army base in Kadhimiya, a neighborhood of northeast Baghdad.
Under Saddam Hussein, thousands of Shia Muslims and opposition members were brutally tortured and executed in hideous prisons run by Iraqi intelligence services.