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

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Expert Testimony

Saddam Hussein returned to court today, and Chief Judge Raouf Abdel Rahman read out an expert's report which stated that all documents had his signature and handwriting.

The report did not give details on the documents, but one was dated June 16 1984. The same date of a memo approving the death sentences of the Shiites, presented by prosecutors earlier in the trial.

Abdel Rahman went on to tell the prosecution that one document could not be inspected, because it was a photocopy and an original was required.

The trial continues.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Trial Resumes

The trial of Saddam Hussein resumed yesterday, during the session prosecutors claimed that expert witnesses have stated that Saddam signed the death warrants for 148 Shias in Dujail in 1982.

The prosecution read out a report by experts, who said the signature on the orders matched the writing of Saddam.

The defence team disputed the claim.

Saddam Hussein sat in a metal pen, as the report was presented in court.

Prosecutors said documents with Saddam's signature also included one approving rewards for intelligence agents involved in the 1982 crackdown.

The defence claim that the experts could not be independent, because they had links to Iraq's interior ministry.

They called for a new set to be appointed from any country apart from Iran.

"And Israel" Saddam Hussein interjected.

The trial was adjourned until Wednesday to give the experts more time to study the alleged signatures of Saddam and his former head of the intelligence service, Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti.

Tikriti dismissed the prosecution's attempt to prove his role in the Dujail killings, saying his signature was forged.

The trial resumes tomorrow.