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Rumsfeld offered to free Saddam: Report
May 01, 2005 14:58 IST
United States Secretary of Defence, Donald Rumsfeld, paid a secret visit to former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and offered him freedom and possible return to public life if he made a televised request to armed groups for a ceasefire with allied forces, a media report said.
Saddam promptly rejected the offer, Ynetnews reported quoting London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi daily.
Rumsfeld made the offer when he visited Iraq about two weeks ago and only a few Iraqi officials in Jordan knew of it, the Arab daily reported.
Two weeks ago, Britain's Telegraph had reported that Iraqi gunmen were offered a "deal" to halt all attacks in return for a reduced sentence for Saddam, who is likely to be sentenced to death.