U.S. and Iraqi authorities have honored the final request of former Iraqi Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan: to be buried next to Saddam Hussein. After Ramadan’s execution Tuesday, his remains were flown to Tikrit, where hundreds of mourners were gathering.
The AP reports that hundreds of people turned out to mourn Ramadan, following the flag-draped casket as it made its way to the burial yard.
Just outside the building in which the former dictator is entombed, the courtyard also holds the remains of Ramadan’s former co-defendents, Awad Hamed al-Bandar and Saddam’s half-brother, Barzan Ibrahim. Saddam’s grandson, Mustafa, is also buried in the yard, and sons Uday and Qusai were recently relocated to be placed near their father.