Mubarak warns against carrying out Saddam hanging

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak warned against carrying out the death sentence on Saddam Hussein, saying that hanging the former dictator would lead to more sectarian strife in Iraq. "Carrying out this verdict will explode violence like waterfalls in Iraq," Mubarak was quoted Thursday as saying to editors of state-run Egyptian dailies. The verdict "will transform (Iraq) into blood pools and lead to a deepening of the sectarian and ethnic conflicts," the Egyptian president said in what appeared to be the most high profile Arab comment yet on Saddam's condemnation.