September 14, 2005

Lawyer: Saddam Trial Is Political Gimmick

Lawyer: Saddam Trial Is Political Gimmick:

AMMAN, Jordan - A top member of Saddam Hussein's defense team said Monday the deposed dictator's upcoming trial was a political gimmick by the new Iraqi government as it tries to generate support for next month's constitutional referendum.

Saddam and seven other members of his toppled regime are due to stand trial in the Iraq Special Tribunal on Oct. 19. They are charged with ordering a massacre of 143 people in Dujail, a town north of Baghdad, in 1982 after a failed assassination attempt against the ousted leader. If convicted, Saddam could be sentenced to death.

"The court isn't even halfway ready to try the case," Abdel Haq Alani told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from Britain. "It's simply political capital being used to follow the referendum on the constitution."

Yea...and killing thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians was just a parlor trick...

Posted by Kyer at September 14, 2005 01:00 PM | TrackBack