Saddam Execution Countdown
11:50 pm MT: Witnesses say it was quick.
"It was very quick. He died right away," one of the official Iraqi witnesses said. The former president's face was uncovered, he appeared calm and said a brief prayer as Iraqi policemen walked him to the gallows and put the noose round him, the witness said.
10:00 pm MT: Saddam has been hanged.
8:00 pm MT: Saddam has arrived at execution site. The hanging will take place within minutes.
7:51 pm: Final arrangements are in place.
Saddam Hussein will be hooded with hands tied behind his back. Government and religious officials, a lawyer and a doctor will act as witnesses. The execution will be filmed to provide proof of his death.
7:05 pm. A federal judge in DC has denied Saddam's request for stay. You heard it here first. Here's the order.
7:00 pm MT: CNN reports Iraqi officials say he will hang within the hour.
6:33 pm MT: AP is reporting (incorrectly) Saddam's request for stay has been denied. It's not showing on the court docket sheet yet, I'll upload the order when it appears. CNN just confirms the AP was wrong, there has been no ruling.
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