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

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Saddam On Hunger Strike

Saddam Hussein has started a hunger strike as a protest over the killing of a senior defence lawyer at his trial.

Khamis al-Obeidi's body was found dumped in Baghdad, hours after he was abducted from his home.

Saddam Hussein and his seven co-accused have vowed not to eat until their defence team received "international protection".

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Saddam's Lawyer Murdered

The body of Khamees al-Ubaidi, one of Saddam Hussein's main defence lawyers, has been found by Iraqi police today.

It was riddled with bullets.

Khamees al-Ubaidi is the third member of the defence team to have been killed since the start of the trial.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Closing Arguments

The closing arguments are now being presented in the trial of Saddam Hussein. The prosecution has today called for the "heaviest possible penalty".

The final defence arguments are scheduled for 10 July, after which the five-judge panel will consider its verdict.

The prosecution lawyers said that the defendants had "carried out a systematic, wide-scale attack" in Dujail.

"They carried out broad imprisonments of men, women and children, who were exposed to physical and mental torture, including the use of electrical shocks."

They are demanding the maximum punishment for the defendants, ie the death penalty.

One of the defendants, Barzan al-Tikriti Saddam Hussein's half-brother, tried to interrupt Chief Judge Rauf Abdel Rahman several times.

The judge told him he would be able to speak after the prosecution had concluded its arguments.

The trial continues.