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5 November 2006  |     mail this article   |     print   |   
This article is part of the series: Iraq-US-connection
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The case against Saddam in perspective
Part 2
Part 1
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By Daan de Wit
The Saddam trial that today resulted in a death sentence has received fierce criticiscm:
  'Amnesty described their trial as [...] “deeply flawed and unfair”. [...] Malcolm Smart, director of the Middle East and North Africa program [said:] “In practice, it has been a shabby affair, marred by serious flaws that call into question the capacity of the tribunal, as currently established, to administer justice fairly, in conformity with international standards''', writes News.com.au today.
Human Rights Watch: '"The court has relied so heavily on anonymous witnesses that it has undercut the defendants' right to confront witnesses against them and effectively test their evidence." Ramsey Clark -- and other attorneys for Hussein and his co-defendants -- have repeatedly denounced the fairness of the Dujail proceeding."It's impossible to have a fair trial where you don't protect all the participants in a trial," Clark has said', writes CNN.
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Three of Saddams lawyers have been murdered.
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Without the West, no Saddam, DeepJournal wrote earlier.
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Saddam was captured after his country was invaded on a premise that proved to be false, namely that he had connections with Al Qaeda and that his country posessed weapons of mass destruction. See this DeepJournal article.
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War against Saddam unjustifiable, says Human Rights Watch, DeepJournal wrote two years ago.
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Saddam was captured by the Kurds and then handed over to the U.S., DeepJournal wrote earlier.
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Saddam is being held accountable (but not yet tried for) the massacre in Halabja, yet a Pentagon report blames Iran for this atrocity.
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Former dictator Saddam has received the death sentence, but the West is befriended with Mr. Karimov, the leader of Uzbekistan, a country known for its extreme torture.
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