From Forbes, re: the trial of Saddam Hussein:
He asked the court to execute him by firing squad–"not by hanging as a common criminal"–if it convicts him of all charges and sentences him to death.
"I ask you being an Iraqi person that if you reach a verdict of death, execution, remember that I am a military man and should be killed by firing squad," he said.
More here. As an opponent of capital punishment, I've gotta say that characters such as Saddam test that position in me.