Friday, December 29, 2006

Q: Big plans for the New Year Saddam? A: Nah, I'll just be hangin'.

Saddam to be hanged by Sunday
Ex-dictator's execution expected to be carried out by start of Eid holiday

Updated: 9:17 p.m. ET Dec 28, 2006
Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, sentenced to death for his role in 148 killings in 1982, will have his sentence carried out by Sunday, NBC News reported Thursday. According to a U.S. military officer who spoke on condition of anonymity, Saddam will be hanged before the start of the Eid religious holiday, which begins at sundown Saturday.
The hanging could take place as early as FridayNBC’s Richard Engel reported.
The U.S. military received a formal request from the Iraqi government to transfer Saddam to Iraqi authorities, NBC reported on Thursday, which is one of the final steps required before his execution. His sentence, handed down last month, ordered that he be hanged within 30 days. .


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