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Saddam 'double' escapes Alexandria porn kidnap gang, again
Egyptian Saddam Hussein lookalike claims foreign gang attacked him after he refused lucrative offer to star in sex videos they could sell as 'found footage'
Ahram Online, Saturday 8 Oct 2011
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in bed, but not the way his kidnappers wanted (Photo: Ahram file)

An Egyptian man was severely beaten after an Iraqi gang tried to kidnap and force him to film pornographic videos because of his astonishing resemblance to former Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein.

Mohamed Bishr says he was on his way on Sunday to a café in the bustling downtown area of Egypt's second city of Alexandria when three men wearing black suits tried to force him into the back of a van.
 
"The three men, who had guns hanging from their belts, forced me out of my car and shoved me into a van, hitting my head," Bishr, a devout Muslim, told Ahram's Arabic portal from his hospital bed.
 
The incident was short but traumatic. Bishr said the last thing he remembers was the men yelling at each other, and then throwing him out of the van where he hit his face on the pavement.
 
Passers-by quickly gathered around but were too afraid to apprehend the apparently armed kidnappers.
 
Bishr's son, Mahmoud, said that his father had previously met with a group of unidentified people -- who spoke Arabic in an Iraqi or Syrian dialect -- and had been offered LE2 million pounds (US$333,000) to impersonate the late dictator in a pornographic video. Bishr refused.
 
His son said that after the meeting his father had received several telephone calls threatening him with kidnap if he didn't change his mind and shoot the Saddam sex tape. 
 
It is believed his kidnappers would have tried to pass off the video recording they made as genuine and sell it to international media.
 
This was not the first time Bishr has been harassed because of his looks, according to his sons. They said other Iraqis in Egypt had previously assaulted their father, telling him "you are Saddam Hussein and we will turn you in for the million-dollar reward."
 
Bishr has changed his residence four times to avoid such harrassment, they claimed.
 
"We asked the police to put special protection on our father, because this has happened to us several times," said Mahmoud.
 
Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, executed in Baghdad in 2006, was rumoured to have used the services of several doubles to make public appearances in his place.
 
None are thought to have performed in adult films.




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FC
28-10-2011 08:21pm
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Looks more like...
...a fat Osama
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juicius
11-10-2011 03:32pm
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Shaving wouldn't work...
Because the rest of his face still looks like Saddam. A clean shaven man is unusual in the Middle East and the obvious conclusion many will draw is that he really is Saddam and shaved his beard to hide himself. Then they'll really take the "dead" part in "dead or alive" seriously.
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Mike
10-10-2011 09:40pm
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Seriously..
brave man here...
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Robert Wadleigh
08-10-2011 03:36pm
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Peace be with You, Mohamed Bishr
Sir, I feel sorry you have suffered such an ordeal. It is a strange and unfortunate coincidence that you resemble Saddam Hussain in physical form. In response to the unkindly, unthinking "tom" -- do you not recall that Saddam never kept a beard until his last days? These things aside I want to point out that in my opinion and experience criminal gangs would not need to offer a monetary package to induce Mohamed Bishr or anyone to comply with their demands. I believe this failed and amateur attempt at abduction would have been carried out by the media section of some power's spying and spin-making agency (want-to-be 007s!) or their equally inept hired thugs. No media outlet would pay very much for such "found footage." It might circulate well among racists in America as a joke but they wouldn't pay for it. Thus, logically it seems that someone would like to use Mohamed Bishr for propaganda purposes. I am highly skeptical of some of the videos of Osama, al-Amlaki, and (who is that so-
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Tom
07-10-2011 11:45pm
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have you thought....
of shaving?
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