Baghdad: The Iraqi
authorities Sunday banned individuals from visiting former Iraqi
president Saddam Hussien's grave over two years after having
already prohibited organised visits to it in the Salahudin
province, a police source said.
"The Iraqi cabinet directed authorities of Salahudin province to
take all necessary measures to prevent any visit to Saddam
Hussein's grave," Xinhua quoted a source from the provincial
operations as saying.
Hussein's body, along with those of his two sons and other
relatives, is buried in his hometown of al-Ouja near Salahudin
provincial capital city of Tikrit, some 170 km north of Baghdad.
Ousted following a US-led invasion in 2003, Hussein was executed
in 2006 after an Iraqi court sentenced him to death for crimes
In mid-2009, the Iraqi government had banned all organised visits
of people and schoolchildren to Hussein's grave amid concerns over
growing support for the late former leader and his banned Baath
However, visits by individuals from different provinces, including
Shiite ones, had continued after the first ban.