The Trial of Saddam Hussein and The Fallout of The War

The Trial of Saddam Hussein


The fallout in the Middle East from the regime change in Iraq

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Saddam Dismisses Evidence

Saddam Hussein yesterday dismissed evidence suggesting that he authorised the execution of people under 18, the minimum age for death sentences under his rule.

Well he would say that, wouldn't he?

He was being cross-examined about the killing of Shias in the town of Dujail, following an assassination attempt on him in 1982.

During the session, a defence lawyer was ejected from court when she tried to display photos of Iraqis tortured in US run prisons.

She said:

"This is what the Americans did to Iraqis in Abu Ghraib." She said, as the court was examining alleged deaths during interrogation under Saddam Hussein's rule.

The prosecution produced documents that showed that 28 people, whose executions had been approved of by Saddam, were under 18.

Chief prosecutor Jaafar al-Moussawi presented the id cards of the children, and read out their dates of birth.

Saddam said that id cards could easily be forged.


"There is a clear ulterior motive by those who have given you these documents. You can buy IDs like this in the market. Is it the responsibility of the head of the state to check the IDs of defendants and see how old he is?"

The trial continues.

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