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Saddam aides' execution postponed

A Shiite lawmaker and an Iraqi official say that the two former henchmen will be hanged on Sunday.

india Updated: Jan 04, 2007 13:47 IST

The execution of two former henchmen of ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has been postponed by three days to Sunday, a Shiite lawmaker and an Iraqi government official said.

Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikrit, Saddam's half-brother and former intelligence chief, and Awad Ahmed al-Bandar, the head of the revolutionary court, were to be hanged on Thursday.

"I am sure it will be done on Sunday," said Shiite MP Baha al-Araji from the group of radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.

Another senior official with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's office said that the execution was postponed "due to international pressure.

First Published: Jan 04, 2007 13:47 IST