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, October 06, 2006

Bloodbath Predicted

It seems that the reason for the delay in issuing a verdict in the first trial of Saddam Hussein, may be fears that his execution would lead to a bloodbath in Iraq.

That at least is the view of former U.S. attorney general Ramsey Clark, a member of Saddam Hussein's defence team.

Clark said at a news conference that he feared that should Saddam and the others be hanged, "catastrophic violence" would follow that would lead to:

"the end of civilisation as we know it in the birthplace of civilisation, Mesopotamia. Total, unmitigated chaos."

Clark believes that Saddam's Sunni Muslim tribe of 1.5 million would consider the execution a revenge killing by the Shiite-controlled and U.S. sponsored government.

It seems that although Saddam may no longer be in office, he still seems to have power over the people of Iraq. This does not bode well for the future.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Verdict Delayed

The verdict in the first trial of Saddam Hussein has been delayed indefinitely.

The verdict was due to be announced on 16 October, when the court reconvenes, but officials now say evidence will be reviewed at the session.

A prosecutor said that defence lawyers could submit written documents, after which a verdict date could be set.

Saddam is also being tried separately for genocide linked to a 1980's offensive against the Kurds.

No reason has been given for the delay in issuing a verdict. This delay hardly adds credibility to the trial process.