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Old 12-29-2006, 03:46 AM
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U.S. officials: Hussein to hang this weekend

POSTED: 0308 GMT (1108 HKT), December 28, 2006


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• NEW: Officials: Hussein to be executed sometime this weekend
• NEW: Bush administration sources: Saddam to be placed in Iraqi custody
• Defense attorneys visited Hussein in jail Thursday
• Chief lawyer: Former Iraqi leader's morale is "normal"


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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is expected to be executed "this weekend," Bush administration officials told CNN on Thursday.
Hussein will be transferred from U.S. to Iraqi custody within the next day, one official said.
More than one administration source confirmed the impending transfer.
But Homeland Security Advisor Fran Townsend, speaking on CNN's "The Situation Room," cautioned that the timing of the execution is up to the Iraqi government.
Two defense attorneys Thursday told Hussein in his jail cell that his death sentence had been upheld.
"He was not surprised at this. But he believes in his fate, and his only concern is the unity of the Iraqi people," chief defense attorney Khalil al-Dulaimi told CNN in Amman, Jordan.
Al-Dulaimi described the former Iraqi dictator's morale as "normal."
Hussein was convicted on November 5 for crimes against humanity in connection with the killings of 148 people after an attempt on his life.
His death sentence was upheld Tuesday by an appellate court. Hussein was not in attendance. (Full story)
Hussein's execution by hanging must take place before January 27 -- or within 30 days after the Iraqi High Tribunal upheld the death sentence -- according to chief Judge Aref Shaheen. (Watch tensions escalate over Hussein's imminent execution )
"He believes in his destiny," the attorney said.
Al-Dulaimi said that neither the defense team nor Hussein's family have been given an execution date.
The U.S. State Department also says it has not been told when Hussein will be executed.
Iraqi law requires that the family be allowed to visit the day before the execution and that they be notified by the prison administration of the date the sentence is to be carried out.
A senior Bush administration official said Thursday that the execution is likely to be "a couple of days" from now.
Under international law, most governments have the power to stay any executions, but Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has said his government would not do so in Hussein's case.
Hussein was sentenced to death for his role in the 1982 killings of 148 people in Dujail, a mostly Shiite town north of Baghdad, following an attempt on his life.
The dictator was found guilty of murder, torture, and forced deportation.
The Dujail episode falls within 12 of the worst cases out of the 500 documented "baskets of crimes" during the Hussein regime.
The U.S. State Department says torture and extrajudicial killings followed the Dujail killings and that 550 men, women and children were arrested without warrants.
A Web warning to U.S.

On the day Hussein's death sentence was confirmed, the Baath party that he led warned that it would retaliate against the United States and its interests as well as against members of the Iraqi High Tribunal if the execution is carried out.
It said the United States will suffer "grave consequences" if Hussein is executed.
The party also vowed to shut down peace negotiations with coalition forces, according to the statement the group released on an Arabic-language Web site.
The Baathists have been operating as part of the insurgency against the U.S. and its allies since Hussein's regime fell in 2003.
The group had "previously warned the U.S. administration of the grave consequences" and had called the death sentence "the most dangerous red line the U.S. administration should not cross," the message said.
In a farewell letter posted Wednesday on the former Baath Party's Web site, Hussein bid farewell to Iraqis and called on them not to hate the U.S.-led forces. (Watch Hussein try to get in the last word )
"Dear faithful people," Hussein said, according to The Associated Press, "I say goodbye to you, but I will be with the merciful God who helps those who take refuge in him and who will never disappoint any honest believer." (Full story)
Trial itself was on trial

The appeals court also affirmed death sentences for two of Hussein's co-defendants, including his half brother, Barzan Hassan, AP reported.
The White House has praised the court's decision, calling the day a milestone.
"Saddam has received due process and the legal rights that he denied the Iraqi people," said Scott Stanzel, deputy White House press secretary.
Hussein's chief attorney, Khalil al-Dulaimi, called the ruling "crazy," and said it came from "an illegitimate and unconstitutional court."
While proponents of the Iraqi High Tribunal hail it for taking steps to ensure accountability for atrocities committed during Hussein's regime, critics have pointed to the lack of safety for attorneys and questioned the judiciary's independence and impartiality.
Three defense lawyers were killed during the Dujail trial, and another fled the country after being seriously wounded. (Watch to see why many consider the trial flawed )
Human Rights Watch, which had regularly issued reports about the Hussein regime's brutality, also criticized the Iraqi High Tribunal for an over-reliance on anonymous witnesses.
"The court has relied so heavily on anonymous witnesses that it has undercut the defendants' right to confront witnesses against them and effectively test their evidence."
And the watchdog group said that Iraqi jurists and lawyers lacked "an understanding of international criminal law."
"The court's administration has been chaotic and inadequate, making it unable to conduct a trial of this magnitude fairly."
Hussein and others also are being tried in another case, the killings of up to 100,000 Kurds during the 1988 Anfal campaign against Kurdish rebels. The allegations include the use of poison gas against Kurdish towns in northern Iraq.



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About time too!! The trial was not well run and Saddam made a mockery out of the process. Besides, why put him on trial? It was more then he ever gave his '000s of (innocent) victims!!
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Most dictators make a mockery of their trail. Most of them never see a sentence either.
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I'm not happy to see him go but i'm not sad either.
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Apparently his last words were: "The WMD can be found at ..." as the trap door opened!! Good riddance to bad rubbish!!
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Wiseman says if you cannot take it do not dish it out Saddam.
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