Sad­dam ‘pun­ished son with car in­ferno’

Sunday Times - - WORLD - Daily Tele­graph, Lon­don —©The

SAD­DAM Hus­sein spent his fi­nal days lis­ten­ing to Mary J Blige and tend­ing the gar­den in his prison, a book about the Iraqi dic­ta­tor claims.

A for­mer guard has re­vealed that Sad­dam had green fin­gers and adored the US singer.

Sad­dam, who had for­merly lived in lux­ury, ap­par­ently liked his spar­tan cell, ac­cord­ing to Will Bar­den­wer­per, one of the 12 US mil­i­tary po­lice­men who guarded him.

Bar­den­wer­per has writ­ten a book on the dic­ta­tor’s in­car­cer­a­tion. In The Pris­oner in His Palace: Sad­dam Hus­sein, His Amer­i­can Guards, and What History Leaves Un­said, he says that Sad­dam was un­fail­ingly po­lite and told his guards about how he had burnt all his son Uday’s cars be­cause Uday had gone wild at a party and shot dead sev­eral peo­ple.

Sad­dam loved the scrubby prison gar­den and treated the plants “more like beau­ti­ful flow­ers than the ugly growths they were”.

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