Image: Raghad Saddam Hussein
Mohammad Abu Ghosh  /  AP
Raghad Saddam Hussein speaks at a protest against the execution of her father Saddam Hussein in Amman, Jordan, Monday, Jan. 1.
updated 1/1/2007 10:58:41 AM ET 2007-01-01T15:58:41

One of Saddam Hussein’s daughters briefly attended a protest Monday by some 500 people against her father’s execution.

The protest was staged by the Professional Associations — a body that groups unions for doctors, engineers and lawyers — in its office parking lot in west Amman.

“God bless you, and I thank you for honoring Saddam, the martyr,” two witnesses recalled Raghad Saddam Hussein as telling the protesters on her arrival. She left the gathering a minute later.

It was her first public appearance since Saddam was executed on Saturday morning. A court had condemned him to death for ordering the killing of 148 people who were arrested after an attempt to assassinate him in the northern Iraqi town of Dujail in 1982.

Raghad, who supervised her father’s legal team, has lived in Jordan since shortly after Saddam’s overthrow in April 2003. The Jordanian authorities have told her not to get involved in political activities.

“We won’t abandon two things, Iraq and Saddam Hussein!” shouted the protesters. “We sacrifice our blood and souls for you, Saddam,” they chanted.

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