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Abed Hamid Hmoud, seen standing behind Saddam Hussein, who has been executed in Iraq (AP)

Abed Hamid Hmoud, seen standing behind Saddam Hussein, who has been executed in Iraq (AP)

Abed Hamid Hmoud, seen standing behind Saddam Hussein, who has been executed in Iraq (AP)

Saddam Hussein's trusted personal secretary and bodyguard has been executed by hanging, the Iraqi justice ministry said.

Abed Hamid Hmoud was the latest in a series of former senior regime officials who have been executed by Iraq's new rulers since the toppling of Saddam during a US-led invasion in 2003.

Hmoud was among 15 high-profile defendants who were tried for their role in the brutal crushing of a Shiite uprising after the 1991 Gulf War.

The last execution of a former regime official took place in January 2010 when Saddam's notorious cousin Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as "Chemical Ali", was hanged.

PA