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Saddaam Hussein's Trial

by Chorus-Line A1-QMS / June 30, 2004 11:13 PM PDT
Last Updated: Thursday, 1 July, 2004

The team representing Saddam is currently based in Amman, Jordan


Lawyers appointed by Saddam Hussein's family to represent the ousted Iraqi leader say they have been repeatedly denied access to their client.
Mohammed Rashdan - one of a 20-strong team taken on by the family - has asked for international protection to enable him to visit his client.

In a BBC interview, he also alleged that he had received death threats from the Iraqi government.

Saddam Hussein is expected to face charges of war crimes and genocide.

He was appearing in court for the first time on Thursday.


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Saddam handover excites Mid-East media
Last Updated: Thursday, 1 July, 2004

The scheduled appearance in an Iraqi court today of Saddam Hussein and 11 senior members of his regime to hear the charges against them generates intense speculation and debate in the Middle East media.

Among the theories which emerge is the suggestion Washington would like to get rid of Saddam before he is brought to trial.

In Iraq itself, the headlines are revealing, with the weekly Al-Shahid promoting the idea of a conspiracy behind the deposed leader's capture.

"Important details published for the first time: Saddam was not in the hole; the Americans threw 100m dollars into it," runs the headline, suggesting his capture was staged by the Americans.

Does the Iraqi government really want to have a trial with only the prosecution in attendance?
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According to CNN....
by Josh K / June 30, 2004 11:28 PM PDT

.....he appeared in court today, refused to sign court documents, refused to recognize the court's authority to conduct this trial, identified himself as the President of Iraq, and generally made clear that he wasn't going to make this easy.

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Re: According to CNN....
by Chorus-Line A1-QMS / July 1, 2004 12:08 AM PDT
In reply to: According to CNN....

Yup, I read that too. But I suppose it's the defendents right not to sign any document in the absence of his counsels. The nature of this trial is going to be lengthy and complex for sure.
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Mr Chalabi has said earlier the trials of Saddam and other senior figures probably would not begin before next year.

A French lawyer, Emmanuel Ludot, one of a 20-strong team appointed by Saddam?s wife to represent him, said the former president would refuse to acknowledge any court or any judge.

"It will be a court of vengeance, a settling of scores," Ms Ludot told France Info radio, saying any judge sitting in the court would be under pressure to find Saddam guilty.

But the trial could contribute to the upheaval in Iraq by polarising Saddam?s supporters and detractors, said Walid Mohammed al-Shibibi, a Baghdad attorney and editor of a legal journal.

"This will escalate into terrorist attacks," he said.

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The Laws in Iraq now may free Saddaam from death penalty which I would suspect many Iraqis are not going to be too happy about it. For sure, he is not at all innocent of listed crimes but I am also sure other allegations will be dismissed. I would suspect the outcome of this trial will give Saddam maximum life imprisonment.
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This trial is gonna be interestingly wicked for sure. Happy

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no death penalty? says who?
by jonah jones / July 1, 2004 12:14 AM PDT

it was suspended for the time that foreign powers i.e. the coalition forces, were running the show, with the new iraqi government in place, all is well in death row....

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Ghadafi's lawyer daughter to help defend Saddam
by Chorus-Line A1-QMS / July 2, 2004 10:34 PM PDT

AMMAN ? The daughter of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi will help defend Saddam Hussein in court, a Jordanian lawyer and member of the legal team representing the former Iraqi dictator said Friday.

Aicha Moammar Gadhafi, a law professor, will form a Libyan law experts team to defend Saddam Hussein, Ziad al-Khasawneh told The Associated Press.

"The daughter of the Libyan president is welcomed to join us, and we consider her as an official member of the team," he said.

He added that the Jordanian-based multinational defense team had telephoned Gadhafi on Thursday to offer their thanks.

A statement issued late Thursday by a charity association headed by Gadhafi's daughter, in her late 20s, said she wanted to guarantee Saddam received a "fair trail (based on) the principle that all accused should be presumed innocent until proven guilty."

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(NT) (NT) Maybe Sadam and the Iraqis deserve each other.
by James Denison / July 3, 2004 2:22 AM PDT
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How...

did you come up with that question? What made you think like that?

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