Chief prosecutor in Saddam Hussein's genocide trial demands presiding judge step down




 
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Chief prosecutor in Saddam Hussein's genocide trial demands presiding judge step down
 
September 13th, 2006  
Team Infidel
 
 

Topic: Chief prosecutor in Saddam Hussein's genocide trial demands presiding judge step down


Chief prosecutor in Saddam Hussein's genocide trial demands presiding judge step down
Media: The Associated Press
Byline: QAIS Al-BASHIR
Date: 13 September 2006

BAGHDAD, Iraq - The chief prosecutor in Saddam Hussein's genocide trial on
Wednesday demanded the presiding judge step down, accusing him of bias
toward the deposed leader and his co-defendants.

"You allowed this court to become a political podium for the defendants,"
roared the prosecutor, Munqith al-Faroon, as judge Abdullah al-Amiri
listened.

Al-Faroon alleged that al-Amiri was giving Saddam the time to make
"political" statements that were irrelevant to proceedings.

"For instance yesterday, instead of taking legal action (against Saddam),
you asked his permission to talk," al-Faroon said.

"The action of the court leans toward the defendants," the prosecutor
alleged.

Al-Amiri responded by recalling how a Muslim successor to the 7th Century
Prophet Muhammad allowed the accused to voice their opinions.

One of the "pillars of the judiciary is to treat everyone equally," al-Amiri
said before he ordered that the proceedings resume.

He did not answer the prosecutor's accusations, which came a day after
Saddam thundered out against "agents of Iran and Zionism" and vowed to
"crush your heads" after listening to Kurdish witnesses tell of the horrors
committed by the fallen regime two decades ago.

Four witnesses told the court Tuesday of mass graves where the bodies of
their relatives _ who went missing in Operation Anfal _ were found two
decades later. One witness recalled his effort to survive a chemical attack
allegedly carried out by Saddam's forces against the Kurdish population.

Earlier this week, Saddam also accused the Kurdish witnesses of trying to
sow ethnic division in Iraq by alleging chemical attacks and mass arrests in
their villages during the 1980s crackdown that the prosecution says claimed
up to 180,000 lives.
September 13th, 2006  
Chief Bones
 
 
Let Saddam rant ... I can't see ANY court (unless it has Saddam's relatives on it), that is going to let this butcher escape his just deserts. All he does by going on his ranting tirades is to pile up the disdain of the court and courtroom witnesses.
September 13th, 2006  
Team Infidel
 
 
Especially when the current Judge... is a Kurd... hehe... sudden drop and a short stop...
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Chief prosecutor in Saddam Hussein's genocide trial demands presiding judge step down
September 14th, 2006  
Chief Bones
 
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Team Infidel
Especially when the current Judge... is a Kurd... hehe... sudden drop and a short stop...
It is a wonder that Saddam wasn't gagged considering the judges affiliation with the Kurds then.

I like that "sudden drop - short stop"
September 14th, 2006  
Team Infidel
 
 
No matter what happens, he is toast. What Saddam is waiting for is his 70th Birthday. If you are found guilty of a capital crime and sentenced to death AFTER you are 70 in Iraq, the sentence CANNOT be carried out. That will happen April 27, 2007.
 


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