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Video apparently showing Hussein wounds emerges

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Video on Web apparently shows Saddam Hussein in morgue
• His neck has signs of trauma and he has bruises on his face
• Video emerges as some call Hussein a martyr
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(CNN) -- A new video apparently showing Saddam Hussein after his execution with a gaping neck wound and facial bruising is posted on the Internet.

The footage, which appeared Monday, shows the former Iraqi dictator, apparently still wearing the white shirt and black coat he was hanged in, lying on a gurney covered with a white sheet.

The 27-second videotape, posted on www.liveleak.com, shows the camera approaching the gurney and someone pulling back the sheet to reveal the left side of Hussein's head.

In an accompanying audio track, one man appears to be urging the other to take a quick look and then leave.

The first man appears to be in charge, having just allowed a second man to enter the room with a video camera, which he may have mistaken for a still camera:

Man 1: "Quickly, quickly please, take one picture."

Man 2: "Yes, I hear you."

Man 1 (raising his voice when the video continues longer than a still shot would have required): "Come on, what's the matter?"

Man 2: "I hear you, I hear you."

Man 1 (to a third man): "Abu Ali, come on and deal with this."

Man 1 (apparently irritated over the length of time Man 2 is taking): "Come on, habibi ... I'll say this one time politely otherwise I'm going to get real angry."

Man 2: "I hear you."

Habibi is a term of endearment used by men for each other.

The video is the second related to the hanging, which took place December 30.

A previous video of the hanging itself, apparently shot with a hand-held cell-phone camera, shows Hussein's executioners placing the noose behind his left ear, as called for in hanging protocols to ensure the spinal cord is severed. (Read full story)

Meanwhile, since the hanging protests against the death penalty have been staged from Italy to Jordan. (Watch people around the world denounce Hussein's hanging Video)

A protester in Rome told CNN she viewed Hussein's hanging the same as she would anyone else's -- saying the form of punishment is "below the international standard" of human rights.

Even in Iraq, mourners chanted, "By God, the president Saddam Hussein didn't bow to the Americans even in the last days of his life."

In Jordan, Hussein's eldest daughter Raghad told a crowd, "God bless you for honoring Saddam, the martyr."

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has previously defended the execution.

"The execution of the tyrant was not a political decision as the enemies of the Iraqi people say," said al-Maliki. "The verdict was implemented after a fair and transparent trial which the dictator never deserved."


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This image, which appeared on Iraqi national television, shows Hussein moments before his execution by hanging.

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