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, August 18, 2006

Saddam To Face Genocide Charges

Saddam Hussein returns to court on Monday, to face genocide charges relating to the 1987-1988 repression of Iraq's Kurdish minority.

The verdict in the recently finished trial against Saddam is still pending. However, attention is now being focussed on the "Anfal Campaign" (anfal is Arabic for "spoils"). It is alleged that around 100000 Kurds were killed, and 3000 Northern Iraqi villages destroyed.

A panel of Iraqi judges sitting in the Iraqi High Tribunal will hear the case, others are expected to follow.

Chief prosecutor Jaafar al-Mussawi will open proceedings on Monday.

Saddam and his six co-defendants will be defended by 12 defence counsel.

Facing charges alongside Saddam will be; Chemical Ali, intelligence director Sabir al-Duri, Mosul governor Taher al-Ani, Anfal commander Sultan Hashim al-Tai, operations chief Hussein Rashid al-Tikriti and intelligence officer Farhan al-Juburi.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

AWB Faces Tax Inspection

AWB, the Australian wheat firm at the centre of a multi million dollar kickback scandal involving Saddam Hussein, has more problems. They are likely to be subject to a tax inspection.

Australian tax commissioner, Michael D'Ascenzo, has released the office's compliance program for 2006-2007.

In the document is the phrase:

"We will check systems to ensure bribes and facilitation payments are not wrongly claimed as tax deductions."

In the Cole inquiry earlier this year an AWB financial officer, Paul Ingleby, said that the company had claimed up to $300M in kickbacks to the regime of Saddam Hussein as a tax write-off.

Ingleby alleged that the payment of "trucking fees", kickbacks demanded by Saddam, was treated by AWB as an expense and therefore a tax deduction.

The tax office will review significant, one-off, regular or embedded payments by Australian firms in "jurisdictions where bribes or facilitation payments are said to be part of doing business".

What goes around, comes around.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Saddam Hussein's Second Trial

Judge Abdullah al-Amiri, a Shiite jurist, has been appointed to preside as chief judge in the second trial of Saddam Hussein and six others.

This trial will cover their role in the 1980's campaign that killed approximately 100,000 Kurds.

Judge Abdullah al-Amiri will head a five member panel that will convene on August 21st.

Munqith Takleef al-Firuan has been appointed chief prosecutor.

Saddam and his acolytes could face the death penalty if convicted.