- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 28, 2002

From combined dispatches
BERLIN A German forensic pathologist said yesterday that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein has used at least three men as doubles for public appearances over the past four years.
Dieter Buhmann said he examined some 450 images from videos of public appearances of people purporting to be Saddam and can prove that the Iraqi leader is not always what he seems.
"The anatomical specificity of the faces are different," Mr. Buhmann said. "One, for example, has a very large middle face. The distance from one ear to the other is very much different [from] Saddam Hussein. And in another case the region under the mouth is too small and not high enough."
Saddam's elaborate security precautions have been widely reported in the Arab press, which has said he makes frequent use of doubles and never spends two nights in a row in the same building.
Mr. Buhmann, a pathologist at the University of the Saarland in Hamburg since 1979, said he presented his technique of comparing facial features at an FBI forum in 2000, but did not know whether U.S. authorities had adopted the technique.
He took on the Saddam project for a German public television station.
In Baghdad, meanwhile, Saddam's eldest son, Uday, yesterday denied reports that he had visited Moscow to prepare for a potential exile of the president's family.
"It's pitiful propaganda and [the journalists] should find better," Uday said during a meeting with Iraqi youngsters, part of which was broadcast on his Youth Television channel.
"What would Uday go to do in Moscow? What does that mean?" he asked. "Whoever has a father like Saddam can have no greater honor than to be by his side."
Uday added that he had even refused to leave Iraq for treatment after being seriously wounded in a gun attack in 1996.
Some Western news outlets reported earlier this month that Saddam was prepared to go into exile in Russia to avert a U.S.-led strike against his regime in Baghdad.

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