Excerpts from statements by Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh at a news conference confirming the execution of Barzan al-Tikriti and Awad Hamad al-Bandar, who were top aides to the late Iraqi President, Saddam Hussein.
The sentence was carried out by hanging until death ensued against the two convicts in accordance with the law, in the presence of a small number of members of the execution committee put in charge of this matter by the executive powers.
They carried out the execution in the presence of a judge, a general prosecutor and a doctor. The execution was carried out in accordance with the law.
All the attendees had been told to respect the rules of conduct as laid down by the law. Written affidavits had been requested from all the attendees.
In the case of any violations, the person in question will be subjected to legal punishment as deemed proper by the judicial system.
All adhered to the official directive and there was no breach of the government's instructions, nor any applause or bad words or subjecting the two convicts to any form of humiliation.
In a rare incident, the head of Barzan al-Tikriti was separated from his body during the implementation of the execution.
Government authorities will officially notify families of the two and ask them to recover their bodies.
Asked by a reporter whether the execution was carried out in this way to prevent incidents like those that occurred during Saddam Hussein's hanging, Mr Dabbagh said:
While taking into consideration that the previous violation was an individual incident and the government did not condone it, and has exercised all its judicial powers and arrested the person who made the shouts, the government will not accept or allow any violation of the rights of the two convicts.
Therefore, the procedure today was controlled in a legal way. This is the duty of the state and this is what the state should do.
This was an execution of a sentence, which, legally, should be carried out.