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End Of The Line

“One should forgive one’s enemies, but not before they are hanged”

-- Heinrich Heine (1797-1856)

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Mike Thompson - The Detroit Free Press

Saddam Bids Family Farewell, Hanging Date Unclear
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Thu Dec 28, 7:02 PM ET

Saddam Hussein bade two half brothers farewell on Thursday in a rare prison meeting as he awaits execution, a lawyer said, but U.S. and Iraqi officials gave conflicting accounts of whether he would hang within days. A senior Bush administration official said the ousted president could go to the gallows as soon as Saturday.

But Iraqi officials backed away from suggestions they would definitely hang him within a month and a cabinet minister told Reuters a week-long religious holiday would stall any execution.

“He was in very high spirits and clearly readying himself,” Badie Aref, a defense lawyer, told Reuters after the 69-year-old former leader met half-brothers Watban and Sabawi, who are also both held at the U.S. army’s Camp Cropper near Baghdad airport.

“He told them he was happy he would meet his death at the hands of his enemies and be a martyr, not just languish in jail. He ... gave them letters to his family in anticipation.”

The novelty of the U.S.-sponsored process by which Saddam and his third half-brother Barzan, along with another senior member of the Baath party, were condemned on November 5 has left considerable room for wrangling over the timing of any execution among rival factions and between Washington and Baghdad.

Battling to stave off all-out sectarian civil war, Shi’ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki had said he wanted Saddam hanged this year for the killings, torture and other crimes against the Shi’ite population of the town of Dujail.

But some of Saddam’s fellow Sunnis have warned this could reinforce their community’s alienation and many ethnic Kurds want Saddam first convicted of genocide against them.

Iraq’s Saddam-era penal code bars executions on religious holidays. Eid al-Adha, coinciding with the haj pilgrimage to Mecca, runs from Friday until work resumes on January 7.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 12/29/2006 at 06:08 AM   
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