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, March 03, 2006

Diplomats Want Saddam's Trial Moved

"Young diplomats" at a UN Security Council meeting voted in favour of moving Saddam Hussein's trial to UN facilities in either the Netherlands, or Switzerland.

Ten countries at the meeting voted 'for' the trial to be moved, and four voted 'against.'

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Saddam Admits To Shiite Trial

Saddam Hussein admitted in court yesterday that he had ordered the trial of Shiites who were later executed in the 1980's, and that their people's farmland be razed.

During the court session prosecutors read from documents, showed satellite images and played audio tapes as they tried to link Saddam to the execution of 148 Shiites from Dujail after an assassination attempt on him in the village in July 1982.

Saddam said:

"I referred them to the revolutionary court according to the law. Awad was implementing the law, he had a right to convict and acquit.

I razed the land. I don't mean I rode a bulldozer and razed it, but I razed it. It was a resolution issued by the Revolutionary Command Council.

It's the right of the state to confiscate or to compensate.

So where is the crime

Saddam described the assassination attempt made on him:

"I saw the bullets with my own eyes, I was sitting on the right side."

Saddam couldn't resist taking a "poke" at the current worsening security situation in Iraq, by saying:

"The people must be united," he said. "All religions, all ethnic groups."

Chief judge Raouf Abdel-Rahman replied:

"God willing, we shall be."

The trial has now been adjourned again, until March 12.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Saddam Hussein's Trial Resumes

The trial of Saddam Hussein resumed yesterday, he has now given up his hunger strike.

Needless to say, there were some theatricals as the defence lawyers walked out; after their pleas for an adjournment and the removal of the judge were rejected. The court appointed other lawyers to take their place.

Chief prosecutor Jaafar Moussawi presented a memo, dated 14 June 1984, allegedly signed by Saddam in which he authorised the execution of 148 Shias from Dujail following a failed assassination attempt.

The session ended after three hours, and is resuming today.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Public Virtue, Private Vice

In rather an interesting revelation it appears that, despite the public opposition to the invasion of Iraq, Germany and others actually provided the US with some assistance in the run up to the invasion.

German intelligence agents in Baghdad obtained a copy of Saddam Hussein's plan to defend the capital. This was passed on to American commanders a month before the invasion.

The plan showed where Saddam planned to deploy his troops.

The Germans were not the only ones who publicly condemned the invasion, but privately assisted the US. Egypt gave access for refueling planes, and Saudi Arabia allowed American special operations forces to launch attacks from its territory.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Saddam Hussein Ends Hunger Strike

Saddam Hussein has ended his hunger strike for "health reasons", his chief lawyer Khalil Dulaimi has said today.


"The president maintained his hunger strike for 11 days but was forced to end it for health reasons.

He has lost between 4 and 5 kilograms but he is feeling fine

The hunger strike was a protest against the court proceedings.