'Saddam's body to be handed over to his tribe'
A member of his family says his body is to be handed over to a delegation including the sheikh of his tribe.india Updated: Dec 31, 2006 10:16 IST
The body of Saddam Hussein was to be handed over to a delegation including the sheikh of his tribe, a member of his family said on Sunday.
"A delegation including the governor of the Salaheddin province, Hamed al-Shakti, and the chief of the Albu Nasir tibe, Ali Al-Nida, went to Baghdad late on Saturday night to claim Saddam's body," Mussa Faraj said.
Faraj did not know where Saddam, who was hung to death on Saturday, would be buried.
The former Iraqi dictator was born in Awjah, 180 kilometers (110 miles) north of Baghdad, a bastion of the Albu Nasir tribe and part of Salaheddin province. His sons Uday and Qusay, killed by US troops in Mosul in July 2003, are buried in Awjah.
"The tribe of Saddam has received the corpse of the former Iraqi president for burial in Ramadi" in the west of Iraq, the Dubai-based al-Arabija satellite television station reported, without citing a source.
Ramadi, capital of the restive al-Anbar province, has been at the center of the Sunni insurgency against US forces and the Iraqi government.
No government official was immediately available to confirm the transfer of Saddam's body.
On Saturday, an official in the office of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said Saddam would be buried in Iraq, but would not disclose the location.
Earlier, one of Saddam's lawyers, Najeeb al-Nuaimi, said on Sky News television that Saddam might be buried outside of Iraq.