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So a colleague has shown me this story: "Fake Saddam Sentenced to Death", in which it is claimed that the man who was said to be Saddam Hussein in his court-case was an impostor.

Can anyone shed some light on this?

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    it's known Saddam had a lot of lookalikes. That's probably where the myth/conspiracy theory originated (though I doubt the Mossad would supply them). But IMO it's just another conspiracy theory, you'd have to discredit the DNA testing that was done to identify Saddam. – jwenting Feb 2 '12 at 10:50
  • @jwenting: I've heard about the lookalikes claim, but is it well documented? – Andrew Grimm Feb 2 '12 at 12:53
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    I can shed some light on it: it's a conspiracy theory propounded by lunatics. – DJClayworth Feb 2 '12 at 14:50
  • @DJClayworth - but it's an elegant conspiracy theory. At least it makes some geopolitical sense, lunacy aside. – user5341 Feb 2 '12 at 17:18
  • @jwenting - was there DNA testing done on the body? If so, just put that as an answer, it oughtta be sufficient. – user5341 Feb 2 '12 at 17:19

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