CAIRO: Iraqi Governing Council member Mouafaq al-Rubayi claimed that former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein swore at him and three other IGC members when met on Sunday, the London-based al-Hayat newspaper reported yesterday.
Al-Rubayi said Saddam looked defeated and submissive yet rebellious. He said Saddam was wearing the traditional long white dress, a blue jacket and shoes and sat cross-legged at the edge of his bed, his head bent and back slouched.
The IGC members were taken to an undisclosed location in the greater Baghdad district.
Both head of the coalition forces Paul Bremer and US military commander Lieutenant General Roberto Sanchez did not talk to Saddam throughout the 30-minute meeting.
I asked him why he didn't use the machine guns he had against the Americans and he responded sarcastically: 'Have you ever fought?' said al-Rubayi. Asked to comment on why he killed Shi'ite leaders Mohammed Baqer al-Sadr and Mohammed Sadeq al-Sadr, al-Rubayi quoted Saddam as insolently saying: Who is this Sadr? This foot?
Saddam was also quoted as saying when asked about the mass graves: Go ask their families and they will tell you that they are thieves. When asked about using chemical weapons against his people in Halabja north of Iraq, Saddam said: Iran did it.
Al-Rubayi also asked Saddam why he didn't take the historic opportunity in 1991 to withdraw from Kuwait. Saddam gave us a speech on Iraq's historic right to Kuwait, he said.
At the end of the meeting, I told Saddam: damn you in life and afterlife. How will you meet God with this long list of crimes? He responded by swearing at me.
Al-Rubayi said Saddam kept shifting his eyes between the IGC members and Bremer and Sanchez, as if he was trying to call for the Americans for help to save himself from us. When the meeting ended, Saddam asked 'are you finally leaving?' in such a way as if he feared he would be killed. dpa
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