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Saddam said to have turned down US death penalty deal

[JURIST] Al-Quds al-Arabi [newspaper website], a London-based Arabic-language newspaper, reported Wednesday that Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] turned down an offer from US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to take the death penalty off the table in his upcoming trial if Hussein would call for insurgents to lay down their arms. The report also says Saddam has refused to meet with any US officials as a prisoner but only as "the President of Iraq." UPI has more.

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