'Saddam prefers dying by firing squad'
"Threatening me with death doesn't mean anything...I don't care less. The life of any one Iraqi is no less valuable than mine... I am the commander in chief... I prefer it to be by firing squad," lawyer Issam Ghazzawi quoted Saddam as telling him.india Updated: Jan 05, 2006 18:04 IST
Ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein prefers to be shot by a firing squad instead of being hanged if sentenced to death by the court trying him for war crimes, according to his lawyer.
"Threatening me with death doesn't mean anything...I don't care less. The life of any one Iraqi is no less valuable than mine... I am the commander in chief... I prefer it to be by firing squad," lawyer Issam Ghazzawi quoted Saddam as telling him and another attorney Ramsey Clark during a meeting in basement of a Baghdad courthouse on December 7, The Washington Times reported.
"I'm not afraid of death,...Of course I'm not guilty, but I know they want me dead," Saddam is supposed to have told both of them when they raised the possibility of his execution if found guilty by the court, the report said.
The paper said Saddam was also quite exuberant about the ongoing insurgency in Iraq and how this has stopped a superpower in its tracks; and called on fellow Arab nations to come to his help as he has stood with them in the past.
"I'm fighting against US tyranny on behalf of Iraqis, Arabs, all the people of the world. ... The US will not be able to formulate a new world.
"They tried in Iraq and failed badly, so by standing against Bush we are protecting other countries and regions of the world. Now the US will think a thousand times before daring to attack another country," Saddam was quoted by the paper as telling his lawyers.
Saddam said that the Iraqi people were "patriotic" and "cannot accept foreign rule".
"The Americans with their allies will fly out of Iraq very soon, and their puppets will leave even before the Americans," he told his lawyers.
Clark, former US Attorney General, has also confirmed the details of the conversation with Saddam, but he told the paper that he cannot verify at this time about the former Iraqi President's preference for a firing squad as that portion of translation has not been given to him yet.