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November 5, 2006

Albany - - After a 9 month long trial, a once powerful Iraqi dictator learns of his fate Sunday. Saddam Hussein was tried by his own people sentencing him to death by hanging.

Iraqis announced the verdict Sunday, by evening many people in South Georgia had heard the news.

"I think people can spot evil. Everyone knew he deserved it," says Betsy Dunlap.

Saddam Hussein and six of his followers were convicted and sentenced for killing 148 Shiites in 1982.

Tens of thousands of Shiites and Kurds had been tormented and killed during Hussein's rule.

"I think he deserves it. For all the harm he's put on others, I think he deserves what comes his way," says Roxy Montford.

During the sentencing, Hussein started defiantly speaking out against the verdict and when it was all said and done, he cried out "God is great."

"He did? I don't know what to think about that because he's not going to heaven," Dunlap expresses.

The White House is praising the Iraqi court's decision and President Bush called it a milestone in restructuring the nation's government.

The Iraqi people will do it without their former dictator. Saddam will now be hung.

"He had bombs all over the place. I just think they should do it. All the stuff he did to them. Whatever goes around comes around," says Vincent Thomas.

"I can't sympathize with him. He doesn't deserve a second chance? No," says Ben Davis.

South Georgians aren't cutting him any slack.  

President Bush did *not* mention the failed search for the alleged weapons of mass destruction he said led the U.S. to invade Iraq three years ago.

Just as many countries voiced opposition to the Iraq war, some are also opposing Saddam's death sentence. One Italian figured called on Iraq to sentence Saddam to life in prison instead.

There's not yet any word on when Saddam's hanging will take place.

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