|North Korea has offered asylum to Saddam Hussain, according to the South China Morning Post (SCMP). It's an outlandish claim, but from a very high-profile and well-connected source: Stanley HoHung-sun, the Macau casino tycoon that Bond villain Dr. No was reputedly based upon. According to the SCMP, “high-level North Korean officials have offered the Iraqi dictator and his family 11th hour sanctuary in a mountain in North Korea”.|
Ho said that senior level North Korean officials “told me that there really was a chance to prevent a war and (they) said that Saddam Hussein could step down two days before the US and Britain started to bomb Iraq and he (Saddam) could call democratic elections”.
Ho added that “one of the conditions of those elections would be that none of the candidates would be allowed funding from the US, ensuring that there was no American interference in a future Iraqi democratic state. Anyone who did accept money from the US would be shot”. Ho described the deal could as Saddam's trump card, adding 'North Korea is willing to give Saddam and his family a mountain in North Korea.”
Ho's North Korean connections include his US$30 million Casino Pyongyand, built in 1999 and situated next to the Korean Workers Party headquarters. His interests also include the online casinos DrHo.com, DrHoBets.com and Drholite.com.