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Saddam's death sentence to be carried out within 30 days

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BAGHDAD, Iraq - The highest court in Iraq has upheld Saddam Hussein's death sentence and ordered it to be carried out in the next 30 days.

The chief judge says that starting tomorrow, any day could be "the day of implementation."

Saddam was condemned to death for the 1982 massacre of nearly 150 people in the Shiite Muslim town of Djail. The former Iraqi leader argued unsuccessfully that the victims were executed for an attempt on his life.

A top Iraqi official says the high court also upheld the death penalty of two co-defendants but kicked back a life sentence for another man as being too lenient.

Iraqi death sentences typically have to be ratified by the president and two vice presidents. But, a court spokesman says Iraq's judicial system will find a way to execute Saddam without despite this.

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