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Copy of Iraqi Appeals Court Upholds Death Sentence for Saddam

A senior Iraqi official says an appeals court has upheld the death sentence against ousted leader Saddam Hussein for the 1982 killings of 148 Shi'ite villagers.

National Security Advisor Mowaffaq Rubaie made the announcement in Baghdad Tuesday.

Under Iraqi law, the death sentence is to be carried out within 30 days.

Last month, an Iraqi court sentenced Saddam to hang for the killings of the Shi'ites from the town of Dujail after an attempt there to assassinate Saddam.

The ousted leader is also on trial on charges of genocide for the 1988 Anfal campaign in which prosecutors say 180,000 Kurds were killed.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.