Video does not show Saddam Hussein laughing as judge handed down death sentence

Published on 15/03/2023 at 07:22

A video has been viewed tens of million times in TikTok and Instagram posts that falsely claim that it shows the reactions of defendants as they were sentenced to death. The posts say that Iraq's toppled dictator Saddam Hussein smiled as a judge sentenced him to hanging, compared with defendants in two other trials who wept as they purportedly learned they would be put to death. While the video shows clips from court hearings, none of them show the moments a judge handed down a death sentence.