Sentencing delayed for former Iraqi VP

Jan. 25, 2007 at 7:05 PM

BAGHDAD, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- An Iraqi court Thursday delayed pronouncing sentence on former Iraqi Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan in the 1982 massacre of 148 Shiites.

The court is expected to accept an appeal court recommendation for the death penalty. Sentencing was put off until Feb. 12 when Ramadan's lawyer failed to show up, the Kuwait News Agency reported.

Ramadan was convicted in December after being tried with Saddam Hussein and several other defendants for the 1982 killings of 148 Shiites in Dujail.

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