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No date set for Saddam hanging

Iraqi PM's aide says the execution timing is not yet finalised as the Govt is still discussing the legal procedures.

india Updated: Dec 30, 2006 02:01 IST

The Iraqi government is still discussing the legal procedures necessary to execute Saddam Hussein and nothing has been decided about the timing, an aide to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Friday.

US-backed Iraqi television channel Al Hurra quoted Iraqi sources as saying Saddam would either be hanged within hours on Friday or the execution would be put off until after a week-long religious holiday.

The aide to Maliki, who declined to be identified, said the government was still divided on the issue of whether a presidential decree was required before the hanging.

A source in the prosecution, which according to the penal code must have a representative at an execution, said he was unaware of any plans for an imminent execution.