Saddam’s Execution Just Hours Away, Lawyers Work to Stop Execution

Ex-leader will be hanged by 6 a.m. Baghdad time

An adviser to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Saddam would be executed before 6 a.m. Saturday (Baghdad time), or 10 p.m. Friday ET. Also to be hanged at that time were Saddam’s half-brother Barzan Ibrahim and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, the former chief justice of the Revolutionary Court, the adviser said.

Lawyers Work to Stop Saddam’s Execution

Lawyers for Saddam Hussein asked a U.S. judge to block his transfer to the custody of Iraqi officials poised to carry out his execution. Hussein’s lawyers filed documents Friday afternoon asking for a stay of execution. The 21-page request was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington before Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly.

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