Saddam trial 'flawed and unsound'

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    The trial of Saddam Hussein was so flawed that its verdict is unsound, the advocacy group Human Rights Watch says.
    The former Iraqi leader was sentenced to death on 5 November after being convicted of crimes against humanity.

    But HRW said it had documented "serious administrative, procedural and substantive legal defects" that meant he did not get a fair trial.

    Saddam Hussein has two more weeks to lodge an appeal - but his lawyer claims he has been blocked from doing so.

    Chief defence lawyer Khalil al-Dulaimi told the BBC his team had been prevented from filing the necessary papers.

    However, the chief prosecutor has told the BBC it was a fair trial.

    Saddam Hussein and seven co-defendants all faced charges of crimes against humanity relating to the deaths of 148 people in the mainly Shia town of Dujail following an assassination attempt on the Iraqi leader in 1982.

    Two of his co-defendants also received death sentences.

    Landmark case

    HRW said the trial was among the most important since the Nazi trials in Nuremberg after World War II.

    The group based its report on extensive observation of court proceedings, and interviews with judges, prosecutors, defence lawyers and court administrators involved in the trial.


    Judge Rauf Abdel Rahman replaced an earlier chief judge
    The trial took just over one year to complete and was the first case brought before the Iraqi High Tribunal.

    Proceedings were marked by frequent outbursts by both judges and defendants.

    Three defence lawyers were murdered, three judges left the five-member panel and the original chief judge was replaced.

    Defence lawyers boycotted proceedings but HRW said court-appointed counsel that took their place lacked adequate training in international law.

    Saddam Hussein is also being tried on a different set of charges relating to a military campaign against ethnic Kurds in the late 1980s in which more than 180,000 people are alleged to have died.

    Other trials for alleged crimes under Saddam Hussein's leadership are likely.

    'Indefensible penalty'

    HRW said the trials "represent the first opportunity to create a historical record concerning some of the worst cases of human rights violations, and to begin the process of a methodical accounting of the policies and decisions that give rise to these events".

    The US-led Coalition Provisional Authority decided that the Dujail trial would be held by an Iraqi court in Iraq, ruling out an international tribunal or a mixed Iraqi-international court under UN auspices, the HRW report said.


    Three defence lawyers were murdered during the trial
    Because Iraqi lawyers and judges had been isolated from international criminal law, this decision resulted in a court that lacked the expertise to prosecute crimes against humanity on its own, the report said.

    Important documents were not given to defence lawyers in advance, no written transcript was kept and paperwork was lost, said HRW.

    Defence counsel come under criticism in the report for trying to use the court as a political platform.

    "Under such circumstances," HRW concludes, "the soundness of the verdict is questionable. In addition, the imposition of the death penalty - an inherently cruel and inhumane punishment - in the wake of an unfair trial is indefensible."
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    Give him a suit, $100 bucks and a ticket to Tikrete. We can take bets if he makes it or not. Oh ya--this isn't any of our business.
     
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    He and OJ can become roomates and laugh at Mark Peterson's plight.
     
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    People like Saddam Hussein deserve death and nothing less. Infact , even Satan wouldn't want him in Hell!


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    Of course it was a show trial. Everyone knows he's guilty, thats why we went to war against him. Hang 'em high and get it over with.
     
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    Saddam is guilty of way more than the few crimes he was charged with and his sentence is just as far as I'm concerned. If otoh he were charged with all the crimes he commited against humanity all those who helped to support and arm him such as some members of the U.S. and U.K. governments could also be implicated in those crimes. So yes he's guilty as charged and yes it was a show trial to protect other parties that were involved in those crimes or looked the other way while knowing he was commiting them.
     
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    Russia and France would take far bigger hits that the US and/or UK. The US supplied Saddam with dual-use and/or nonmilitary materiel. Russia and France armed him.

    Be that as it may, none of the named country's who provided Saddam with materiel, military or otherwise, made him do a damned thing with it. If I sell you a gun and you use it later to commit a crime you'd be hard-pressed in a court of law to get me convicted for something YOU did.
     
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    http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/special/iraq/

    Here's the documents.
     

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