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April 11, 2005

Saddam may escape death penalty in deal to halt insurgency

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

Life in prison for Sadaam instead of the gallows? Under a not-so-secret, secret deal, that may happen. Helping the Sunnis save face isn't such a huge price to pay for peace - if it works.

- News Telegraph
Saddam Hussein could avoid the gallows under a secret proposal by insurgent leaders that Iraq's new administration is "seriously considering", a senior government source said yesterday.

A reprieve is understood to be among the central demands of Sunni nationalists and former members of Saddam's Ba'ath party who have reportedly begun negotiations with the government amid the backdrop of a bloody insurgency which claimed 30 lives during the weekend.

(...) "We are trying to reach out to the insurgents," the source said. "We don't expect them to stop fighting unconditionally. Sending Saddam to prison for the rest of his life is not a huge price for us to pay, but it will save them a lot of face.

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Posted by Hyscience at April 11, 2005 9:40 AM



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