Lawyers for Saddam Hussein yesterday formally appealed against his death sentence.
Saddam and two other senior members of his regime have been sentenced to hang for the killing of 148 Shiite Muslims, in retaliation for a 1982 attempt on his life in the town of Dujayl.
Under Iraqi law, a nine judge appellate panel automatically reviews all death sentences. However, the defence must submit detailed arguments within 30 days of sentence. In the event that the sentence is upheld, it must be carried out within 30 days.
The panel has no time limit to review the verdicts and sentences.