Rauf Rashid Abd al-Rahman, judge who sentenced Saddam Hussein to death, has been executed by ISIS

Rauf Rashid Abd al-Rahman was the replacement chief judge of the en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supreme_Iraqi_Criminal_Tribunal's en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trials_of_Saddam_Husseinof en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saddam_Hussein in 2006.

Abd al-Rahman was an ethnic en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurds from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halabja, the site of the 1988 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halabja_poison_gas_attack. He replaced en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rizgar_Mohammed_Amin as chief judge on 23 January 2006. Amin had resigned after being criticised in the Iraqi media for appearing "too soft" on the defendants by allowing them to speak aloud in court without being recognized.

After Amin's resignation, Abd al-Rahman headed the Supreme Iraqi Criminal Tribunal during the rest of the trial of Saddam Hussein for genocide, and when it sentenced him to death. He also sentenced to death some of his top aides.

In December 2006, Abd al-Rahman took his family to Britain on a travel visa, and three months later applied for en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right_of_asylum. He later cancelled his application.

In 16 June 2014, Abd al-Rahman was arrested by en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_State_in_Iraq_and_the_Levant rebels during en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Northern_Iraq_offensive. Two days later, it was reported that ISIS captured and executed him.