A new video has been posted on the Internet showing the body of Saddam Hussein on a stretcher with a wound in his neck, the BBC reported on its Arabic Web site.
It said the video, the second unofficial one to be put out since the former Iraqi president was executed for crimes against humanity on Dec. 30, showed a shroud being removed to reveal blood on Saddam's face.
Dead tyrant (Photo: AP)
"When the camera approached, the cover was removed from his face to show blood as well as a gaping wound in his neck, possibly from the execution operation," the BBC said, describing footage of the video it said was less than half a minute long.
It said that one voice could be heard telling another man to "hurry up", suggesting that he was asking the person doing the filming to finish quickly. One man could also be heard telling another: "You will take care of everything Abu Ali."
The Iraqi government had released an official video showing a dignified Saddam refusing a hood as the noose was placed around his neck.
But another grainy video surfaced since then, showing people present at the execution taunting Saddam, invoking the name of radical anti-American cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, whose father was killed by Saddam's agents.
That video embarrassed the Shi'ite-led government and prompted an investigation by the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.