Comedienne Joan Rivers is pleading with authorities not to kill former Iraqi dictator SADDAM HUSSEIN - because he's a potential husband for her.

Saddam was found by American troops over the weekend (13/14DEC03) after months of searching, and sharp-tongued Rivers believes he should be spared an immediate death and handed over to her instead.

She jokes, "He's a single man - do not kill him, I'm begging you! If you wanna make his life miserable, I'll marry him! He'll beg for death.

"He looks like all the men I'm dating - a little scraggly. I keep saying, 'Where did this guy come from? Out of the ground?' That's where (Saddam) came from!"

17/12/2003 09:06