Ex-Khmer Rouge No. 2 man praises, pities Saddam

Nuon Chea, a former Khmer Rouge leader who may also face charges of crimes against humanity, felt pity for Saddam Hussein as he watched the former Iraqi dictator's execution on television, a newspaper reported Tuesday. "The way they were treating Saddam on Saturday was too extreme. I really pity him," The Cambodia Daily newspaper quoted Nuon Chea saying. The former Khmer Rouge leader said he was moved by the TV images showing Saddam's defiance during the hanging, the newspaper said. "He was very firm and strong, and his spirit was high even though executioners were standing by him," it quoted Nuon Chea, 80, as saying.