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Victor's Justice: Saddam is Executed

category international | rights, freedoms and repression | feature author Monday January 01, 2007 22:44author by Justin Morahan - Peace People (personal capacity) Report this post to the editors

Hussein Trial Farcical, Unjust, Kafkaesque, Unbelievable

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Justin Morahan notes the following points in his article on the trial of Saddam Hussein:

• Four defence lawyers were assassinated during the trial (two by alleged US/Iraqi collaboration)
• Four of the 5 original judges have either resigned or been killed
• The US spent hundreds of millions of dollars in support of the prosecution
• No confidential visits were allowed by defence lawyers to their clients and none at all until after the start of the first trial
• The Defence team was allowed only minutes to begin presenting its defence after the charges were made known on May 15th 2006
• Defence had to end its case within weeks but the Prosecution were allowed months
• Evidence was withheld from defence counsel.
• Defence lawyers were denied access to investigative hearings, denied prior notice of witnesses and denied permission to visit the scene of the alleged crime.
• Trial sessions were announced oftentimes without advance notice or consultation with the result that even the most experienced lawyers missed the hearings.
• Four of the five judges who started in the case were removed by publicly acknowledged US interference
• During the trial, George Bush declared that Saddam Hussein "will be" executed
• Transcripts of the proceedings were refused to defence lawyers.

and more....


The sentence of death on Saddam Hussein in Iraq has been imposed by an illegal court, packed with biased prosecutors and judges who needed United States authorisation before they were ratified, according to a report by Ramsey Clark and Curtis F.J. Doebbler. The authors describe the trial as an attempt to impose victors' injustice on the Iraqi people. The war against Iraq was illegal and "To initiate a war of aggression ... is the supreme international crime" - (Nuremberg Tribunal)
"Rather than being brought to justice for their crimes, the Bush Administration and their allies have resorted to trying their victims. " Behind every door ... there are Americans pulling the strings.

The conduct of the trial, its setting up and aura were dark and surreal. For example:

• Four defence lawyers were assassinated during the trial (two by alleged US/Iraqi collaboration)
• Four of the 5 original judges have either resigned or been killed
• The US spent hundreds of millions of dollars in support of the prosecution
• No confidential visits were allowed by defence lawyers to their clients and none at all until after the start of the first trial
• The Defence team was allowed only minutes to begin presenting its defence after the charges were made known on May 15th 2006
• Defence had to end its case within weeks but the Prosecution were allowed months
• Evidence was withheld from defence counsel.
• Defence lawyers were denied access to investigative hearings, denied prior notice of witnesses and denied permission to visit the scene of the alleged crime.
• Trial sessions were announced oftentimes without advance notice or consultation with the result that even the most experienced lawyers missed the hearings.
• Four of the five judges who started in the case were removed by publicly acknowledged US interference
• During the trial, George Bush declared that Saddam Hussein "will be" executed
• Transcripts of the proceedings were refused to defence lawyers.

In Sept 2005 four prominent statesmen wrote to the Secretary General of the United Nations advising him of the threat to participants in the trial. The warnings were ignored and "several weeks later, two defence lawyers were murdered in a manner evidencing the involvement of the US authorities and the Iraqi authorities who are cooperating with them".

In May 2006 a defence witness was killed after his whereabouts were disclosed to the US authorities

Two of the Judges had publicly condemned Saddam Hussein before the trial began and were not impartial

Unlike the Irish system, in Iraq, the Judge is the evaluator of both law and fact

On 12 June 2006, a judge read out in court a series of allegations about the defence lawyers to the effect that they had bribed their own witnesses. The allegations were purportedly made by the defence witnesses who had in the meantime been beaten, arrested and denied access to Counsel of their own choosing by the Iraqi Government with the cooperation of the US authorities. The defence lawyers were threatened with arrest if they challenged the court's actions.

This abuse of law, says the report, is contributing to the increased violence in Iraq. http://www.justiceonline.org/site/PageServer?pagename=IST

Now, from an Irish perspective, (not dealt with in the report), this illegal court was set up as the result of the illegal war of aggression against Iraq. Ireland helped George W Bush in that illegal war by allowing US military planes to re-fuel at Shannon airport and later by allowing known US torture planes to land at the same airport without inspection. The present FF/PD Government is therefore complicit in what passes for "justice" in the special court set up illegally to try Saddam Hussein and also must bear some responsibility for the continuing violence in Iraq

When I reject utterly the atrocities carried out by this man in his lifetime, the fact remains that he has been sentenced to hang by an illegal court. Those who have been directly responsible for other atrocities such as the the deaths of 150,000 Iraqis, notably George W Bush and Anthony Blair, have not stood trial for crimes against humanity. Nor have the leaders of the Coalition of the Willing. Nor have the leaders of countries such as Ireland who have given full support to Mr Bush and Mr Blair in their bloody, reckless, cowardly adventure.

Related Link: http://www.justiceonline.org/site/PageServer?pagename=IST

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   The Best of Enemies     redjade    Sat Dec 30, 2006 05:40 
   Baghdad Burning Blog writes...     redjade    Sat Dec 30, 2006 06:29 
   Saddam is dead     Mags    Sat Dec 30, 2006 09:17 
   He will be executed today     Peter K    Sat Dec 30, 2006 12:31 
   Quote of the day     Hamlet    Sat Dec 30, 2006 13:09 
   Good riddance Saddam     righteous pragmatist    Sat Dec 30, 2006 13:45 
   Kill Bush!     Yusuf    Sat Dec 30, 2006 13:52 
   To be or not to be, That is the conundrum     Peter K    Sat Dec 30, 2006 13:58 
   "Thanks for the memories" (Saddam/Uncle Sam)     Firebutton    Sat Dec 30, 2006 14:36 
 10   Horray !!     .    Sat Dec 30, 2006 16:12 
 11   It needed to happen     DM    Sat Dec 30, 2006 16:33 
 12   Saddam had nothing to do with al-quieda     DM    Sat Dec 30, 2006 16:37 
 13   US Troops uncensored     redjade    Sat Dec 30, 2006 17:34 
 14   Why do western people defend this man?     Rezza AL Haffa    Sat Dec 30, 2006 18:20 
 15   "Now let's charge Saddam's accomplices" (John Pilger)     Dunlo T    Sat Dec 30, 2006 18:30 
 16   Goodies and Baddies?     GH    Sat Dec 30, 2006 18:45 
 17   No Link with Al-Qaeda     inevitable    Sat Dec 30, 2006 19:27 
 18   Scapegoat     Kevin Doyle    Sat Dec 30, 2006 19:37 
 19   Tariq Ali :"The whole procedure resembled a well-orchestrated lynch mob"     Brenda Molloy    Sat Dec 30, 2006 23:05 
 20   Is cuma liom.     Jacqueline Fallon    Sun Dec 31, 2006 00:28 
 21   Sadam was a threat!     Thankful    Sun Dec 31, 2006 00:44 
 22   Juan Cole writes....     redjade    Sun Dec 31, 2006 02:32 
 23   Not a Puppet     Terry    Sun Dec 31, 2006 04:46 
 24   The point everyone is missing     righteous pragmatist    Sun Dec 31, 2006 12:25 
 25   Oh Please     John Eile    Sun Dec 31, 2006 12:41 
 26   A Life of Crime     nano    Sun Dec 31, 2006 12:49 
 27   re: rp     Joe    Sun Dec 31, 2006 14:23 
 28   If Pigs could fly etc etc     wc    Sun Dec 31, 2006 16:48 
 29   So Long,It's Been Good To Know Ya     1971    Sun Dec 31, 2006 19:06 
 30   hang em all, then     blaise    Sun Dec 31, 2006 19:31 
 31   You don't see the contradiction do you?     Righteous Pragmatist    Sun Dec 31, 2006 19:51 
 32   re: You don't see the contradiction do you?     redjade    Sun Dec 31, 2006 20:13 
 33   smell the berries, pudding head     blaise    Mon Jan 01, 2007 00:41 
 34   Boldog ŕj …vet!     redjade    Mon Jan 01, 2007 01:51 
 35   Developing humanity has suffered     Mary Kelly    Mon Jan 01, 2007 03:32 
 36   Ramsay Clark     Dave Walker    Mon Jan 01, 2007 16:00 
 37   It always been proven     A10    Mon Jan 01, 2007 16:13 
 38   Saddam's Execution     Fred Johnston    Mon Jan 01, 2007 16:47 
 39   Compare Dujail to Fallujah, and what do you get?     redjade    Mon Jan 01, 2007 20:28 
 40   My two cents     SeŠn Ryan    Mon Jan 01, 2007 21:33 
 41   Ramsay, Mary & Fred too     Dave Walker    Tue Jan 02, 2007 01:38 
 42   Various Things     Terry    Tue Jan 02, 2007 02:43 
 43   racist tones of portrayal     blaise    Tue Jan 02, 2007 06:53 
 44   The law is the law, is the law, ...     W. Finnerty.    Tue Jan 02, 2007 15:24 
 45   Terry's interesting post     R. Isible    Tue Jan 02, 2007 17:47 
 46   Non enforceable law     Seamuseen    Tue Jan 02, 2007 21:19 
 47   Bush pushes through Saddamís Execution     Socialist Youth    Tue Jan 02, 2007 21:29 
 48   Hanging the messenger     Justin Morahan    Tue Jan 02, 2007 23:12 
 49   Empire's Vendetta     MichaelY    Wed Jan 03, 2007 00:29 
 50   Response to R.Isible     Terry    Wed Jan 03, 2007 08:57 
 51   Blunder Yusef?     Dermot    Wed Jan 03, 2007 09:11 
 52   The execution of Saddam     RichardFogarty86    Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:25 
 53   An alternative view     SeŠn Ryan    Wed Jan 03, 2007 19:54 
 54   Vultures of a vicious ...     Malachi    Thu Jan 04, 2007 01:41 
 55   Law     Ahmed    Thu Jan 04, 2007 10:49 
 56   U.S Now Heads To Take Over Ireland     Lillith    Thu Jan 04, 2007 12:46 
 57   Divagation     R. Isible    Thu Jan 04, 2007 15:24 
 58   One Down...     bikeandguitar    Thu Jan 04, 2007 22:16 
 59   Mea culpa, mea, whatever, culpa !     Tommy D.    Fri Jan 05, 2007 01:52 
 60   more stuff     Terry    Fri Jan 05, 2007 11:29 
 61   Saddam Trial     AMAZON    Fri Jan 05, 2007 15:57 
 62   Urgent Action request     Mary Kelly    Fri Jan 05, 2007 22:12 
 63   Justice?     Des    Mon Jan 22, 2007 12:23 


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