It seems that the reason for the delay in issuing a verdict in the first trial of Saddam Hussein, may be fears that his execution would lead to a bloodbath in Iraq.
That at least is the view of former U.S. attorney general Ramsey Clark, a member of Saddam Hussein's defence team.
Clark said at a news conference that he feared that should Saddam and the others be hanged, "catastrophic violence" would follow that would lead to:
"the end of civilisation as we know it in the birthplace of civilisation, Mesopotamia. Total, unmitigated chaos."
Clark believes that Saddam's Sunni Muslim tribe of 1.5 million would consider the execution a revenge killing by the Shiite-controlled and U.S. sponsored government.
It seems that although Saddam may no longer be in office, he still seems to have power over the people of Iraq. This does not bode well for the future.