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Saddam prefers dying by firing squad
( Thursday, January 5, 2006 )
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Ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein prefers to be shot by a firing squad instead of being hanged if sentenced to death by the court trying him for war crimes, according to his lawyer.
"Threatening me with death doesn't mean anything...I don't care less. The life of any one Iraqi is no less valuable than mine... I am the commander in chief... I prefer it to be by firing squad," lawyer Issam Ghazzawi quoted Saddam as telling him and another attorney Ramsey Clarke during a meeting in basement of a Baghdad courthouse on December 7, The Washington Times reported.
"I'm not afraid of death,... Of course, I'm not guilty, but I know they want me dead," Saddam is supposed to have told both of them when they raised the possibility of his execution if found guilty by the court.
The paper said Saddam was quite exuberant about the ongoing insurgency in Iraq and how this had stopped a superpower in its tracks; and called on fellow Arab nations to come to his help as he had stood with them in the past.
"I'm fighting against US tyranny on behalf of Iraqis, Arabs, all the people of the world. ... The US will not be able to formulate a new world."
"They tried in Iraq and failed badly, so by standing against (President George W) Bush we are protecting other countries and regions of the world. Now the US will think a thousand times before daring to attack another country," Saddam was quoted by the paper.
A Kurdish grave digger( assisted by others ) unearth the anonymous grave of a secondary student he says that he buried along with 18 other students in 1986 in Erbil's Black Hill cemetery. The students had been executed by firing squad by the Iraqi authorities.
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