Saddam Hussein could be hanged as early as Saturday: report

A senior U.S. official said Thursday night that Iraqi officials had told the White House that Saddam Hussein could be executed on Saturday, Baghdad time, the New York Times reported Friday.

Another senior American official said the execution would probably not take place in the next 24 hours, but that the timing would be swift. "It may be another day or so," the unidentified official was quoted as reporting.

"Saddam Hussein is still in detention in a coalition facility," the U.S. military in Baghdad said in a statement late Thursday, referring to the American-led coalition.

"He will continue to remain in a coalition facility until GOI (the government of Iraq) determines to change that status."

"This is primarily a GOI issue. As for any potential transfer, we do not disucss any coordination" between American military forces and the Iraqis, the statement said.

Iraq's highest appeals court announced on Tuesday it had upheld the death sentence for the toppled president Saddam Hussein and he would be executed within the next 30 days.

Saddam, deposed by the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, was sentenced to death on Nov. 5, 2006 on crimes against humanity for killing of 148 people in Dujail village following a failed assassination attempt on him in 1982.

Source: Xinhua



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