Hussein Trial Put Off Amid Doubts About Fairness

Jim Lobe
WASHINGTON, Oct 19 (IPS) - While international human rights groups have long wanted former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to face trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity, they have serious reservations about whether proceedings that got underway in Baghdad Wednesday will meet international standards of fairness.

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and this from London's The Guardian:
'I am the president of Iraq. I do not recognise this court'
Arguments and scuffling as defiant Saddam appears on mass murder charge
Jonathan Steele
Thursday October 20, 2005
Combative and truculent, Iraq's former dictator, Saddam Hussein, argued with the judge and scuffled with security guards yesterday, when he went on trial for mass murder in a Baghdad courtroom that was as much a theatre as a forum for justice. Beamed across the Middle East on television, the trial marked the first criminal proceedings against an Arab leader in modern times.
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It is important to remember that Hussein rose to power on the wings of international intervention, namely by way of the USA's CIA.

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