Was Saddam Hussein’s Body Stabbed On The Day Of His Death?

Sources claim that Talal Misrab – the head guard at Saddam Hussein’s tomb who helped in the burial – stated that Hussein’s body had stab wounds after he was executed.

Wikipedia states that the (late) head of Saddam’s tribe (the Albu Nasir tribe) and governor of Salaheddin, Sheikh Hasan al-Neda, denied this claim. According to The Independent, Mowaffak al-Rubaie, Iraq’s security advisor, stated, “I oversaw the whole process from A-Z and Saddam Hussein’s body was not stabbed or mutilated, and he was not humiliated before execution.”

Saddam’s body was buried in his birthplace of Al-Awja in Tikrit, Iraq, near family members, including his two sons Uday and Qusay Hussein, on December 31st, 2006 at 04:00 local time (01:00 GMT).  His body was transported to Tikrit by a U.S. military helicopter.

“He was buried about three kilometers (two miles) from his two sons in the same cemetery,” states The Independent (Irish edition).

The Independent (Irish edition) also writes that the head guard at Hussein’s tomb – Misrab – said that the body had six stab wounds.  Much of the information on the story comes from The London Times.

Mr. Misrab said that four of the wounds were in the late President’s front and two in his back. The guard alleged that 300 other people witnessed the injuries when the body was buried in the early hours of the morning, the day after Hussein was hanged.

The Independent also confirms that Saddam’s body was handed over from Iraqi Government possession to Sheikh Ali al-Nida, to be buried.

Saddam’s eldest daughter Raghad Hussein, under asylum in Jordan, had asked that “his body be buried in Yemen temporarily until Iraq is liberated and it can be reburied in Iraq”, said a family spokesperson to one of the sources. 

The family also said his body might be buried in Ramadi, citing safety concerns, though there are no plans to do this.

The Iraqi government also denies that any mutilation took place after the dictator was hanged on December 30, 2006, for crimes against humanity.

Another tribesman said that he had been told by Sheikh Ali al-Neda (the former head of Hussein’s tribe) that the body had stab wounds.

Sheikh Hasan al-Neda, the leader of Hussein’s tribe, also dismissed the suggestion that anyone had interfered with the body.

The circumstances of Hussein’s death are not in dispute, however.  His execution caused international outrage after leaked video footage showed that he was taunted by guards who chanted Shia Muslim slogans as the noose was placed around his neck, writes The Independent.

There was another amateur video that purports to show Saddam Hussein in an autopsy room on a gurney after his death.

An autopsy photo on the internet shows a gaping wound on the outer neck of Saddam.  It can be seen below:

Saddam Hussein hanged, December 2006

The home-made video supposedly taken at Hussein’s autopsy is also on the internet and can be seen at the link below:

https://reasonablyliberal.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/saddam-autopsy-footage/

Sources:

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2008/11/01/Guard-says-Saddam-Husseins-body-stabbed/UPI-19981225553550/

http://www.independent.ie/world-news/middle-east/saddams-body-stabbed-six-times-after-execution-26488924.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Execution_of_Saddam_Hussein

http://upstart.bizjournals.com/multimedia/slideshows/2007/09/Phone-News.html

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Dontre Hamilton

Dontre Hamilton and Christopher Manney

Who is Dontre Hamilton?

According to fox6now.com, Dontre Hamilton is the 31-year-old unarmed African American man shot and killed by a Milwaukee police officer inside a park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin last April.

The attorney for Hamilton’s family released an autopsy report, toxicology report, and cause of death from the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office on Monday, December 1st

Dontre Hamilton’s family received a copy of his autopsy report in July, and it was released to the media on December 1st.

Seven months after Dontre Hamilton was shot and killed by Christopher Manney, a former Milwaukee police officer terminated for his handling of Hamilton that day, the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office continues to investigate. That office will ultimately decide whether Manney should face criminal charges.

On April 30th, 2014, Dontre Hamilton was sleeping in Red Arrow Park. Milwaukee Police Officer Christopher Manney was performing a welfare check, and police say Hamilton grabbed Manney’s baton and struck him with it. That’s when Christopher Manney opened fire, shooting Hamilton 14 times.

Demonstrators have marched through Milwaukee’s streets for months, demanding charges against Officer Christopher Manney in the death of Hamilton. The have protested in areas such as City Hall and even in front of Milwaukee County Prosecutor John Chisholm’s home in Bayview, Wisconsin. Members of the community are also asking for changes in the way police interact with the minority community.

“The family has wanted to get (the autopsy report) out for some time. We’ve held off on doing that, hoping again that there would be a decision by the District Attorney. It’s now been seven months,” said Hamilton family attorney Jonathan Safran.

“The family continues to hear mischaracterizations of the facts. (Dontre Hamilton)’s a person that is my size. He’s 5’6″ or 5’7″ weighing 169 pounds. Not a large person. It does not jive with how Manney described Dontre,” said the attorney.

The autopsy report lists 21 gunshot wounds — and that includes entry and exit wounds.

“The fact there is no stippling or gun residue on Dontre Hamilton’s body would reflect that there was some distance. I’m not a forensic expert — probably at least three feet or so at the minimum. The wounds show that at least half of them were in a downward direction, even though they were both supposedly standing. There’s one that reflects it was shot into Dontre Hamilton’s back,” Safran said.

The autopsy report released by Dontre Hamilton’s family through Safran says Hamilton died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. His death was ruled a homicide by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office. That ruling means Hamilton died at the hands of another.

“We think there is sufficient evidence there should be state criminal charges,” Safran said.

The Hamilton family says they want the public to know Dontre Hamilton wasn’t homeless. He had the following items on his person when he died: a wallet, a cell phone, a backpack, a blanket, candy and cash totaling $160.

His family says Hamilton was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia a couple years before he was shot and killed, but he didn’t have a long history of mental health issues and no criminal record.

A toxicology report released with the autopsy report shows there were no drugs in Dontre Hamilton’s system when he died.

Hamilton’s family continues to wait for the District Attorney’s Office to determine whether Hamilton’s death merits criminal charges. The District Attorney’s Office says they are aware of the autopsy report, and they have no comment at this time.