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Saddam wants firing squad if sentenced to death

[JURIST] Issam Ghazzawi, a defense lawyer for Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive], said Tuesday that Hussein, on trial [JURIST news archive] for his involvement in the 1982 Dujail massacre [JURIST report], would prefer to die by firing squad rather than hanging if he is sentenced to death, which is possible under the rules of the Iraqi High Criminal Court (formerly the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website]). Ghazzawi, in an interview with the Washington Times, said that Hussein made the statement during a five hour meeting with Ghazzawi and another defense lawyer, former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark [JURIST news archive] in a courthouse basement on December 7, during which he also praised the insurgency for hindering US attempts to "formulate a new world." Hussein's trial is scheduled to resume [JURIST report] on January 24. The Independent has more.

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