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Commentary :: International
Has Iraq's Saddam Husseim been "promised" a deal by the U.S.Govt.?
18 Oct 2005
Has Iraq's Saddam Husseim been "promised" a deal by the U.S.Govt.?
Was Iraq's Saddam Husseim "promised" a deal by the U.S.Govt. to plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence and so escape the death penalty?

Rumours were that Saddam wasn't found and arrested by the luck of US Military but he had actually contacted and then surrendered to them in a deal to save his life from angry Iraqis?


Dujail, Iraq -- The people of this grape-growing town 35 miles north of Baghdad live surrounded by reminders of the time they tangled with Saddam Hussein. Dust blows where date palms once stood, scores of families still mourn and a makeshift memorial displays photographs of the dead.

When Hussein's long-awaited trial opens Wednesday, Iraqi prosecutors plan to charge him first with ordering the killing of more than 140 men from Dujail and exiling their families to a desert camp in 1982, after a band of gunmen tried to assassinate him on a visit to the town.

The initial phase of the trial is expected to last just two days, with opening statements from the prosecution and defense, before the case is adjourned for what could be several months.

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