1. Wide of news conference, Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh arriving
2. Ali al-Dabbagh at podium addressing news conference, zoom in
3. SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Ali al-Dabbagh, Government spokesman:
"At 3:00 am (0:00 GMT) today, January 15 2007, the execution of both convicts took place, first, Barzan Ibrahim al-Hasan and second Awad Hamad al-Bandar in response to the verdict of the Iraqi Higher Criminal tribunal number 1/ g/ 2005 on 5/11/2006."
4. Cutaway of al-Dabbagh
5. SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Ali al-Dabbagh, Government spokesman:
"The verdict which took place by hanging to death for both the convicts was carried out in accordance to the law in the presence of a small group of the executive committee that was asked to do this job by the government. So they conducted the verdict in the presence of a judge, prosecutor and a doctor. All the conditions and laws were followed and applied during the execution and the people present were told to be disciplined according to the law and respect the verdict and a signed document was taken from everyone, so anyone who violates this will be punished according to the law. All the people present abided by the government's rule and there were no violations or taunting or humiliation has been reported or took place, also neither of the convicts faced any insults."
6. SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Ali al-Dabbagh, Government spokesman:
"In a rare incident Barzan Ibrahim al-Hasan's head was separated from his body during the execution. Both the families (of Barzan Ibrahim al-Hasan and Awad Hamad al-Bandar) will be told officially by the government and also will be told to collect their bodies."
7. Mid of al-Dabbagh answering journalists at the press conference
Saddam Hussein's half brother and the former head of Iraq's Revolutionary Court were hanged before dawn on Monday, two weeks and two days after the former Iraqi dictator was executed in a chaotic scene that has drawn worldwide criticism.
In confirming the executions, government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said the head of one of the accused, Barzan Ibrahim, had been severed during the hanging in what he called "a rare incident."
But he stressed that all laws and rules were respected during the proceedings, choosing his words carefully after Saddam's execution became an unruly scene that brought worldwide criticism.
"All the people present abided by the government's rule and there were no violations," he said, adding the hangings occurred at 3 a.m.
Barzan, Saddam's half brother and former intelligence chief, and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, head of Iraq's Revolutionary Court, had been found guilty along with Saddam of in the killing of 148 Shiite Muslims in the town of Dujail north of Baghdad.
Khalaf al-Olayan, a Sunni leader in parliament, demanded to see any video taken during the execution, telling Al-Jazeera television that it was "impossible" for a person to be decapitated during a hanging, saying that this showed "they have mutilated the body and this is a violation of the law".