Sunday, July 17, 2005


First criminal charges filed against Saddam

From USA Today:

BAGHDAD (AP) — The first criminal case has been filed against Saddam Hussein, stemming from a 1982 massacre of dozens of Shiite villagers in retaliation for a failed assassination attempt against the former leader, the head of an Iraqi tribunal said Sunday.
The date for the trial of Saddam and three others will be determined in a few days. If convicted, they could face the death penalty.

Raid Juhi, chief judge of the Iraq Special Tribunal, said the preliminary investigation into the July 8, 1982, massacre in Dujail, 50 miles north of Baghdad, has been completed, and the case was referred to the courts for trial.

"The date for the trial will be determined within the few coming days by the gentlemen in the criminal court," Juhi said.

The announcement roughly corresponds to an indictment in the U.S. legal system, legal officials said. However, Saddam and the others will be considered "charged" when they appear in court.
The court now has 45 days to announce a start date for the trial.

Saddam's co-defendants in the case are Barazan Ibrahim, intelligence chief at the time and Saddam's half brother; former Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan; and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, at the time a Baath party official in Dujail.

Watch now for the UN, the EU, and all the “human rights” organizations to begin a massive campaign against this prosecution. Why? The death penalty. Since Iraq recognizes the death penalty, and Saddam and his fellow butchers could be sentenced to death, all the anti-death penalty groups will undoubtedly mount a campaign to convince the world that the death penalty is cruel and barbaric.

Oh, and it will surely be the fault of the evil and imperialistic U.S. that the new Iraqi state allows the death penalty.

Please also note that these groups are pretty darned quiet about the execution, often by hanging or stoning, of "adulterous" women in Iran and never make a peep when Palestinian kangaroo courts unleash death squads to “execute” “collaborators”.

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