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  •  Depends on when he is executed. (3+ / 0-)
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    According to the NYT

    An Iraqi official close to the negotiations on when to execute Mr. Hussein expressed deep disappointment that, after years of forensic investigation, detailed litigation, and careful deliberation, the process could be compromised in the final hours by politically driven haste.

    "According to the law, no execution can be carried out during the holidays" said one official involved in the negotiations. "After all the hard work we have done, why would we break the law and ruin what we have built."

    The Muslim holiday of Eid begins Saturday for Sunnis, which is Mr. Hussein’s sect, and Sunday for Shiites, who where oppressed under Mr. Hussein’s rule but now control the government.

    Iraqi law seems to indicate that executions are forbidden on the holiday.

    Mr. Haddad was dismissive of those concerns, injecting some of the sectarian split that is ripping this country apart into his response to a question on the subject.

    "Tomorrow is not Eid," he said. "The official Eid in Iraq is Sunday."

    Executing him during the Hajj might be a bad idea. But executing him during Eid (Festival of the Sacrifice) would probably really infuriate the Sunnis outside Iraq.

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