Saddam Says He Faces Death Without Fear

Saddam Hussein

Saddam Hussein said his execution would be a sacrifice for Iraq and called on Iraqis to unite and fight U.S. forces, in a letter obtained by Reuters on Wednesday.

'Here I offer myself in sacrifice. If God almighty wishes, it (my soul) will take me where he orders to be with the martyrs,' Saddam said in the hand-written letter obtained from his defense lawyers in Jordan.

'If my soul goes down this path (of martyrdom) it will face God in serenity.'

The defense team said the letter was written shortly after Saddam was sentenced to death in November for crimes against humanity during his 24-year rule, and before the Iraqi High Tribunal appeals court on Tuesday ratified the lower court's ruling.

'You have known your brother and leader as you have known your own family. He has not bowed down to the tyrants and remained a sword against them,' Saddam said.

'Oh great people, I call on you preserve the values that enabled you to be worthy of carrying out shouldering the faith and to be the light of civilisation,' the letter said.

'Your unity stands against falling into servitude.'

Saddam added: 'Oh brave, pious Iraqis in the heroic resistance. Oh sons of the one nation, direct your enmity toward the invaders. Do not let them divide you ... Long live jihad (holy war) and the mujahdeen against the invaders.'

Following the appeals court decision, Saddam faces death by hanging within 30 days.

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