No date has been set for the execution of Saddam Hussein's half-brother Barzan Ibrahim al- Tikriti and former chief judge Awad Hamed al-Bander, two senior Iraqi officials said on Sunday.
There had been reports the pair, convicted along with the former president for crimes against humanity in the killing of 148 Shi'ites from Dujail in the 1980s, could be executed as early as Sunday. But Sami al-Askari, adviser to Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki, told Reuters he did not expect Barzan and Bander to be hanged on Sunday. "I don't know the exact date," said al-Askari.
A source in the prosecution, which by law has to have a representative present at the execution, also said no date had been set yet.
Barzan and Bander had originally been expected to be executed on the same day as Saddam, say last Saturday.