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Reports: Saddam Could be Executed by Sunday

By VOA News

Two U.S. news organizations say Iraqi authorities might execute ousted leader Saddam Hussein before the start of a religious holiday on Sunday.

The CBS and NBC networks say the U.S. military could transfer Saddam to Iraqi custody soon.

Source: ISNA

A U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad told VOA he could not confirm the reports.

On Tuesday, an Iraqi appeals court said Saddam's death sentence for the killing of 148 Shi'ites in 1982 should be carried out within 30 days.

Saddam is being held at a U.S. prison in Baghdad. U.S forces captured him in December, 2003.

On Thursday, Saddam's lawyer Khalil al-Dulaimi called on international groups, including the United Nations, to prevent the U.S. military from transferring Saddam to Iraqi custody for execution.

Last month, an Iraqi court sentenced the former dictator to hang for ordering the killing of 148 Shi'ite Muslims in the town of Dujail in 1982.

Saddam also is being tried on charges of genocide for a 1988 military campaign against the Kurdish region of northern Iraq. Prosecutors say 180,000 Kurds were killed in that campaign.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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