Saddam Hussein prefers bullet over noose
A thinner but combative Saddam Hussein told the court Wednesday he would prefer to die by firing squad rather than hang "like a common criminal," as the defiant ex-president made his final scheduled appearance before the tribunal until it renders a verdict. The prosecution has asked for the death penalty for Saddam and two of the other seven defendants for their role in the deaths of Shi'ite Muslims in a crackdown following a 1982 assassination attempt against the Iraqi ruler in Dujail. Saddam, dressed in a white, open-collar shirt and dark jacket, appeared to hear his court-appointed attorney read a final summation, arguing that prosecution witnesses and documents failed to link the ex-president to any of the atrocities in Dujail. But none of that set well with the 69-year-old Saddam, who denounced the lawyer as his "enemy" and claimed the summation was drafted by foreigners who he has claimed have manipulated the trial since it began Oct. 19.
print gohome Arab-Israeli Conflict | Israel News | Diaspora | Middle East | Opinion | Premium | Blogs | Not Just News | Edition Francaise | Green Israel

Copyright © 2014 Jpost Inc. All rights reserved • Terms of UsePrivacy Policy