Iraq has executed a top aide of toppled leader Saddam Hussein, the country's justice ministry says.
Saddam's personal secretary and chief bodyguard Abid Hamid Mahmud al-Tikriti was hanged for crimes of genocide relating to the suppression of Iraqi Shia Muslims during the 1980s. When he was captured in 2003 by US-led coalition forces, he was number 4 on a list of most-wanted Iraqi officials.
Saddam Hussein himself was executed in December 2006.
Iraq's former Deputy Prime Minister Tarik Aziz and former Interior Minister Saadun Shaker are also awaiting execution after they were handed death sentences alongside Mr Mahmud in October 2010. Mr Mahmud's execution is the first high-profile hanging since that of Saddam's cousin, Ali Hassan al-Majid, also known as "Chemical Ali", in January 2010.
Mr Mahmud was known as the ace of diamonds on the US deck of cards that ranked lea
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