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 26, 2006

Howard Puts The Boot Into AWB

Australian Prime Minister John Howard is desperately trying to distance himself from the AWB kick back scandal, where there is a judicial inquiry into the legality of kickbacks paid by wheat exporter AWB to Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq.

Howard, despite the fact that the inquiry has yet to report its findings, is blaming the company for the scandal while distancing his government from it.

Howard wrote a letter to the Wall Street Journal, which was published this week, in it he said:

"While I don't seek to prejudge the outcome, public evidence suggests behaviour by some within AWB appears to have been designed to mislead not only my government, but the U.N. as well."

However, Howard's efforts may be in vain. An ACNielsen opinion poll of 1,189 respondents taken last week, showed that the issue is starting to bite on the government's credibility.

The report said:

"It found a strong majority of those who were aware of the Cole inquiry didn't believe the government's line that it didn't know of AWB's kickbacks."

The fallout from the collapse of Saddam's regime is engulfing more than Iraq.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

On Again Off Again

The trial of Saddam Hussein resumed on Monday, but it was then adjourned until May 15.

However, during yesterday's session a group of handwriting experts confirmed that signatures on documents related to the crackdown on Shiite Muslims were those of Saddam and his co-defendants.

A report by the expanded five member team of experts was read out in court:

"The signatures and margins stipulated in the documents match the signature of Saddam Hussein on presidential decrees."

Saddam and his half-brother, Barzan al-Tikriti, have refused to give the court samples of their writing. They also argued that there was no crime in prosecuting the 148 Shi'ites, because they were accused of trying to kill Saddam.

The trial resumes on the 15th of May.