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

Friday, September 30, 2005

Saddam Hussein's Trial On Schedule

Ibrahim Jaafari, the Iraqi Prime Minister, said that he expects that the trial of Saddam Hussein will start on scheduled on October 19th.

He is quoted as saying:

"Saddam's trial date is scheduled for October 19 and it is not possible to postpone this case which has already been pending for too long".


"Given that judicial authorities are independent we will not be interfering, but we have asked them to deal speedily, but without rashness, with the case".

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Saddam Hussein's Violated Rights

Curtis FJ Doebbler, an international human rights lawyer who is among a group of lawyers trying to get official status to represent Saddam Hussein, has stated that he believes that Saddam's legal rights have been violated.

Doebbler unofficially represents Saddam, on a pro bono basis.

Doebbler says that the most basic violation is the fact that Saddam didn't have the right to choose his own legal representation.


"It is true that I am willing to represent him and it is true that there are other much more senior lawyers than myself that have expressed themselves as being willing to represent him. But to be able to represent an individual you must be chosen by that individual.

We do not believe there can a fair trial in these circumstances

Doebbler is also questioning the legality of the whole trial, he notes that in his view the invasion of Iraq was illegal; therefore, a court formed under an illegal occupation is considered invalid under international law.


"We start with an illegal situation and now they have violated almost every one of the due process rights of the president. They have not allowed him the most basic of those rights: the right to legal representation."

However, the fact of the matter is that the trial will go ahead on 19th of October; whether Doebbler likes it or not.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Thales Denies Arms Link

Thales SA, the French military electronics group, has denied allegations that it paid millions of dollars in bribes and sold chemical weapons to Saddam Hussein.

Michel Josserand, former chief executive of Thales Engineering and Consulting THEC, made the allegations.

He alleged that the paying of bribes by Thales was widespread, this of course violates French law and international conventions.


"I estimate that Thales must pay out between 1 percent and 2 percent of its global revenue in illegal commissions,".

He also alleged that Thales had "sidestepped the (U.N.) Oil for Food Program and delivered chemical weapons to Saddam Hussein's government."

Josserand has alleged that Thales took part in the construction of an Iraqi chemical-weapons plant, disguised as a factory that made powdered milk.

Thales are currently being investigated by police.

Thales have denied the allegations.


"The Thales Group formally denies accusations of corruption in France and internationally, lodged against it by a former manager at THEC".

Thales spokesman, Christophe Robin, said that the company also "categorically and totally" denied the allegations concerning.


"We never broke the embargo. Thales does not produce chemical weapons. Thales completely denies these unfounded and dishonest allegations."

Thales then went on to say that it had "decided to take immediate legal action for defamation against the French daily newspaper Le Monde and Michel Josserand."


"The group would like to point out that these allegations have been made by a former manager of this subsidiary, who was dismissed by the group for irregularities committed as part of a contract for the Nice tramway. Furthermore, the group itself lodged a complaint regarding corruption during this project."

Josserand believes that his life is now in danger.

He also noted that "Thales was only following the practices of the major U.S. companies".

Call me cynical, but the more "air time" given to Saddam Hussein in the form of a series of trials; the more likely other embarrassing allegations will come to the surface about Western companies and politicians, and their relationship with Saddam.

The pressure will surely be on the Iraqi government to hold just one short trial, and to pronounce and execute the death sentence.

Or am I being too cynical?

Monday, September 26, 2005

Saddam Hussein To Be Moved To Colorado

Saddam Hussein will be moving to Fort Carson in Colorado this Autumn.

Well rather a lifesize mannequin of Saddam will be making the move.

The 4th Infantry Division is to move its home base from Fort Hood to Fort Carson; and will take the mannequin with them, that is currently on display in their museum at Fort Hood.

The dummy is on display in the museum because the 4th Infantry soldiers played a role in the capture of the real Saddam Hussein.

It shows Saddam when he was caught in a spider hole on an Iraqi farm, surrounded by soldiers from the division, with unkempt hair and a beard.