Mr. Verges' track record isn't all that good; Klaus Barbie and Illych Ramirez Sanchez ("Carlos the Jackal") are serving life sentences and others he's defended have ended up equally bad off - or worse.

I suspect he'll try the strategy that has been successfully (so far) used in the Milosevich trial; trying to tie the court up in knots. That's all the more reason why this prosecution must be kept out of the UN's so-called justice system. Preferably, security concerns permitting, it's best that the Iraqis try Saddam, IMO.