The Dalai Lama has asked for Saddam Hussein to be spared the death sentence. The Dalai Lama asked the Iraqi authorities to consider that the guilty should get a chance to reform.
In a statement, issued from his office in India, the Dalai Lama said:
"The death penalty, although fulfils a preventive function, is clearly a form of revenge.
However horrible the act committed, His Holiness believes that everyone has the potential to improve and correct themselves."
"His Holiness hopes that in this case, as in all others, human life will be respected and spared."