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Saddam sentence upheld

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BAGHDAD, Iraq: Iraq's highest appeals court on Tuesday upheld the death sentence for Saddam Hussein, and said it must be carried out within 30 days.

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The sentence "must be implemented within 30 days," chief judge Aref Shahin said. "From tomorrow, any day could be the day of implementation."

On Nov. 5, an Iraqi court sentenced Saddam to the gallows for the 1982 killings of 148 people from a Shiite Muslim town after an attempt on his life there.

The appeals court decision must be ratified by President Jalal Talabani and Iraq's two vice presidents.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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