19 July 2004 by -

Read here the International Justice Tribune, No. 9

Table of content:

  • France; Un cadavre sort des placards de l’ambassade au Cambodge
  • Irak; Vifs débats en Iran et au Koweït à l’orée du procès Saddam
  • Rwanda; Kibuye, feuilleton “à succès”

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03 May 2004 by -

Their names are kept secret, but the seven judges and five prosecutors charged with trying the leaders of the former Iraqi regime, including Saddam Hussein, have been appointed. The only name to be made public in the 20 April announcement was that of the director general of the court, Salem Chalabi. The latter is the nephew of the president of the Iraqi National Congress, a party allied to the Americans. The court budget for the first year is estimated to be 75 million dollars.

05 July 2004 by -

In two weeks, the legal fate of ex-president Saddam Hussein and leaders of his toppled Iraqi regime has progressed remarkably thanks to the official end of the US occupation of Iraq. On 30 June, the \« Saddam file\ » became the chief symbol of the political hand-over from the occupying power to the national authorities. Admittedly, the prison in which the detainees are being kept is still guarded by the Americans, as are the courtrooms where the hearings will take place. However, the upcoming trial of members of the former regime looks to be much more of a national affair.

06 September 2004 by our correspondent

The start of trial proceedings against Saddam Hussein has sparked reactions in Kuwait and Iran, both direct victims of the toppled Baathist regime's aggression.

13 March 2006 by -

Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein surprised everyone when he took full responsibility for part of the crimes committed against residents in the Doujaïl region (north of Baghdad) as revenge for the failed coup attempt against him in 1982. On March 1 during the fourteenth day of his trial, Saddam confirmed that he alone decided to raze the farms belonging to Shiites accused of trying to kill him, who were subsequently executed. "I am Saddam Hussein. I was in charge, and just because things have changed, I am not going to say someone else was responsible", he told the court.

26 June 2006 by -

In his closing remarks on June 19, the prosecutor of the Iraqi High Court sought the death penalty for former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, his half brother Barzan al-Tikriti and former vice president Taha Yassine Ramadan, for the 1982 murder of 148 Shiite civilians in Dujail. After the defense presents closing arguments on July 10, the court "is expected to suspend the proceedings for 60 days and the verdict may be issued around mid-September," an American official told the newspaper Le Monde.

10 April 2006 by -

On April 5, the prosecutor of the Iraqi high court questioned the former president for the first time on the execution of 148 Shiites in the village of Dujail in 1982, following an assassination attempt on the president. "It was one of the president's prerogatives" to uphold sentences handed down by the revolutionary court, said Hussein, according to AP.

25 September 2006 by -

Similar to his first trial, the second trial of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein has been riddled with chaos [IJT-52] since the government replaced presiding judge Abdullah al-Amiri for having stated that the accused "was not a dictator." One Human Rights Watch observer was quoted in AFP saying that the incident is a "blatant violation of the independence of the court." Twenty some Kurdish victims of Anfal, a campaign of elimination that the prosecutor qualifies as genocide, have testified since the trial opened on August 21.