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Pope's appeal for McVeigh rejected

US Vice President Dick Cheney has rejected Pope John Paul II's request that President Bush spare Timothy McVeigh's life, insisting on Sunday that the Oklahoma City bomber should be put to death.

"I think if there was ever a man who deserves to be executed it's probably Timothy McVeigh," Cheney told Fox News.

McVeigh, 33, is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on 16 May for instigating a blast that killed 168 people, including 19 children.

Bush received the Pope's request for clemency in a letter last week. Legal scholars said it appeared the president had no way to intervene in the execution even if he were inclined to. Bush supports capital punishment.