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  • Iraq - Hussein Cousin Gets Death Sentence for Mass Killings (by John F. Burns)

    06/24/2007 3:48:52 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 240+ views
    The New York Times (excerpt) ^ | June 24, 2007 | John F. Burns
    Excerpt - BAGHDAD, June 24 — As the judge pronounced five death sentences on him on Sunday, the man Iraqis know as Chemical Ali seemed a shadow of the merciless enforcer who oversaw poison gas attacks that killed thousands of Kurdish villagers in Iraq’s northern uplands nearly 20 years ago. In his early 60s, severely weakened by diabetes, Ali Hassan al-Majid leaned heavily on a walking stick for the 18 minutes it took the judge to read guilty verdicts on counts of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Unlike his cousin Saddam Hussein, whose shouted defiance nearly drowned out...
  • Iraq - 'Chemical Ali' and two former Saddam officials sentenced to death by hanging

    06/24/2007 1:54:11 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 79 replies · 3,508+ views
    AFP via translation | June 24, 2007
    via translation - ALARM - Genocide Kurdish: death penalty by hanging for “Ali the chemical one” BAGHDAD - “Ali the Chemical one”, cousin of Saddam Hussein, was condemned Sunday to the death penalty by hanging by the High Iraqi penal court for the genocide having cost the life some 182.000 Kurds in 1988.
  • Iraq genocide verdict against 'Chemical Ali' due Sunday

    06/23/2007 1:16:04 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 15 replies · 454+ views
    Excerpt - BAGHDAD (AFP) - The Iraqi High Tribunal is set to give its verdict on Sunday on six former aides of Saddam Hussein accused of slaughtering 182,000 Kurdish villagers during a 1988 military campaign in northern Iraq. Ahead of the judgement, the defence team appealed to United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon to stop the trial which it said was marred by "errors." The most prominent defendant is Ali Hassan al-Majid, a cousin of Saddam who is widely known as "Chemical Ali" for allegedly ordering the killing of tens of thousands of Kurdish villagers with chemical gas strikes. He faces...
  • Saddam aides hanged, anger at beheading "mishap" (Half-brother's head popped off)

    01/15/2007 2:29:33 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 89 replies · 3,632+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | January 15, 2007
    Excerpt - BAGHDAD, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Two of Saddam Hussein's aides were hanged before dawn on Monday, the Iraqi government said, admitting that the head of his half-brother Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti was also ripped from his body during the execution. On the defensive after international uproar over sectarian taunts during the illicitly filmed hanging of the ousted president two weeks ago, government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh insisted there was "no violation of procedure" during the executions of Barzan and former judge Awad Hamed al-Bander. But defence lawyers and politicians from Saddam's once dominant Sunni Arab minority expressed fury at the...
  • Saddam half-brother, ex-official hanged

    01/14/2007 8:29:57 PM PST · by Perdogg · 55 replies · 1,962+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Jan. 14, 2007, 10:16PM | By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press Writer
    BAGHDAD, Iraq — Saddam Hussein's half brother and the former head of Iraq's Revolutionary Court were both hanged before dawn Monday, Prosecutor Munqith al-Faroon said, two weeks and two days after the former Iraqi dictator was executed in a chaotic scene that has drawn worldwide criticism.
  • Saddam Hussein’s Voice Speaks in Court in Praise of Atrocities

    01/08/2007 10:55:53 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 7 replies · 724+ views
    The New York Times (excerpt) ^ | January 9, 2007 | John F. Burns
    Excerpt - BAGHDAD, Jan. 8 — The courtroom he dominated for 15 months seemed much smaller on Monday without him there to mock the judges and assert his menacing place in history. But the thick, high-register voice of Saddam Hussein was unmistakable. In audio recordings made years ago and played 10 days after his hanging, Mr. Hussein was heard justifying the use of chemical weapons against the Iraqi Kurds in the late 1980s, predicting they would kill “thousands” and saying he alone among Iraq’s leaders had the authority to order chemical attacks. In the history of prosecutions against some of...
  • Iraq - Execution of Saddam co-defendants postponed until Sunday

    01/03/2007 11:36:33 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 830+ views
    AFP via translation | January 4, 2006
    The execution of the two co-defendants of Saddam Hussein deferred to Sunday BAGHDAD - the execution envisaged Thursday of the two co-defendants of Saddam Hussein, his half-brother Barzan Al-Tikriti, former chief of the Iraqi secret service and the former president of the revolutionary tribunal Awad Al-Bandar, was deferred to Sunday, according to a close relation of Iraqi the Prime Minister. "It is deferred to Sunday", indicated to AFP Baha Al-Araji, appointed Shiite close to the Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki. "Because of the international pressures and within the Arab world, the execution of Barzan Al-Tikriti and Awad Al-Bandar were deferred...
  • Iraq - Saddam's execution in Al-Kathmiah, Iraqis revel

    12/30/2006 12:37:17 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 25 replies · 1,473+ views
    Kuwait News Agency ^ | December 30, 2006 | Mohammed Al-Ghazzi and Alaa Al-Huwaijel
    BAGHDAD, Dec 30 (KUNA) -- The ousted dictator Saddam Hussein as executed early on Saturday in the Baghdad northern suburban district of Al-Kathmiah, a member of the legislative authority said. Sami Al-Askari said in a statement that Saddam was hanged in a building that used to be occupied by the intelligence authority of the toppled Baath regime. Muwaffak Al-Rabiee, the national security advisor, said Saddam appeared subdued and panicked when he was dragged to the gallows, and that he made no will ahead of the execution. With the announcement of the execution many Iraqis opened fire into the air...
  • Saddam Hussein Hanging LIVE Thread

    12/29/2006 9:11:00 AM PST · by AVNevis · 5,137 replies · 250,317+ views
    Since it now seems very imminent, I decided that it was an appropriate time to start this up. Links to information and pictures (if we get them) can be posted here.
  • Iraqis Line Up to Put Hussein in the Noose

    12/09/2006 10:25:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies · 1,000+ views
    NYT ^ | December 8, 2006 | KIRK SEMPLE
    BAGHDAD, Dec. 8 — One of the most coveted jobs in Iraq does not yet exist: the executioner for Saddam Hussein. The death sentence against Mr. Hussein is still under review by an appeals court, but hundreds of people have already started lobbying the prime minister’s office for the position. They have sent messages through cabinet officials and their assistants, and by way of government guards and clerical workers. One candidate, an Iraqi Shiite living in London whose brother was killed by Mr. Hussein, telephoned an aide to the prime minister to say he was prepared to drop everything and...
  • Saddam tells judge (he) will stop attending hearings

    12/05/2006 6:26:08 PM PST · by Zakeet · 9 replies · 325+ views
    ABC News ^ | December 5, 2006
    AMMAN - Saddam Hussein wrote to the judge in the ethnic Kurdish genocide trial to tell him he would no longer attend court sessions to protest against being repeatedly silenced from speaking, his chief lawyer said on Tuesday. In the letter which was handed to a defense team lawyer who saw him on Monday, the former Iraqi leader said he and his defense team had been denied "clarifying the truth" over his role in a military campaign that killed up to 180,000 people. Saddam, who is awaiting an appeal against a death sentence from a separate case for the killing...
  • Mubarak Warns Against Hanging Saddam

    11/09/2006 2:49:17 PM PST · by tobyhill · 35 replies · 820+ views
    Fox News ^ | 11/9/2006 | AP
    CAIRO, Egypt — Egypt's president came out strongly against hanging Saddam Hussein, saying in remarks published Thursday that it could make Iraq explode into more violence. The statement from President Hosni Mubarak of Eygpt broke an uneasy silence among Arab leaders over Sunday's verdict by an Iraqi court, which convicted Saddam for the killings of some 150 Shiite Muslims after an assassination attempt against him in 1982. Mubarak, a regional heavyweight and a top U.S. ally, appeared to speak for many in the region who are uneasy about seeing a former Arab president tried and sentenced — no matter how...
  • Saddam trial for genocide against Kurds resumes

    11/07/2006 12:09:39 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 1 replies · 281+ views
    AFP via translation | November 7, 2006
    ALARM - Resumption of the lawsuit of Saddam shown for genocide against the Kurds BAGHDAD - former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein returned in front of his judges Tuesday in the lawsuit for "genocide" against the Kurds, two days after his death sentence for the massacre of villager Shiites in the years 1980.
  • Saddam ready to die, leave 'literary legacy'

    11/05/2006 5:02:39 PM PST · by wagglebee · 27 replies · 1,076+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 11/05/06 | Gordon Thomas
    Saddam Hussein tells the only woman in his life that he is ready to meet his hangman – provided he is allowed to finish writing his novel. "I will go to the gallows with dignity knowing I will die a martyr," he told his lawyer, Bushra Khalil, the only woman on his defense team. "The legacy I will leave the world is my new epic work that will assure my place in literature." In an exclusive interview at the closing stages of Hussein's trial, Khalil, 44, revealed how she built up a unique relationship with the former dictator. She described...
  • Saddam Verdict...DEATH BY HANGING! Live Thread

    11/04/2006 7:51:17 PM PST · by silentknight · 1,759 replies · 56,802+ views
    Iraq urges calm ahead of Saddam verdict By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press Writer 38 minutes ago SNIP BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq's prime minister on Saturday urged his countrymen to accept the impending verdict against Saddam Hussein without violence, then in the next breath declared the former dictator must get "what he deserves" with the decision that could send him to the gallows.
  • Saddam tells lawyers he faces death without fear

    11/04/2006 6:20:29 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 45 replies · 1,008+ views
    Reuters ^ | November 5, 2006
    A defiant Saddam Hussein shrugged off a possible death sentence, saying he would die without fear and the US occupiers of his country would leave humiliated like they did in Vietnam, his lawyers said on Saturday. They said a jovial and highly spirited Saddam chatted with them for more than three hours about the violence in Iraq and mounting US losses just hours before an expected death sentence on Sunday in his trial for crimes against humanity.
  • Saddam told he should die by the rope like a common criminal

    11/04/2006 4:49:29 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 67 replies · 2,627+ views
    Sunday Telegraph ^ | November 5, 2006 | Colin Freeman and Aqeel Hussein
    Saddam Hussein is to be denied his final wish of an "honourable" death by military firing squad after court officials ruled he should face the gallows as a common criminal if found guilty. The former Iraqi dictator, who is expected to be given the death sentence today when a verdict is delivered in his first war crimes trial, has been demanding execution by the gun rather than the rope, on the basis that he was head of the country's armed forces. But the Iraqi war crimes court in Baghdad has dismissed his request, noting that Saddam failed the entry exam...
  • Appeal panel will review Saddam sentence

    11/03/2006 11:14:56 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 12 replies · 733+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 4 November 2006
    DEPOSED Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's sentence will be automatically reviewed by an appeals panel if he is convicted tomorrow of war crimes and sentenced to death or life imprisonment. If these judges find grounds to question the judgment, Saddam will face another trial. If not, the sentence imposed this weekend by the Iraqi High Tribunal will stand and be carried out within 30 days. Saddam and his seven co-defendants were put on trial for the killing of 148 Shi'ite civilians from the town of Dujail, where the then president escaped an assassination attempt in 1982. Under the statutes establishing the...
  • Iraq - Ramsey Clark going to Baghdad for Saddam verdict on Sunday

    11/03/2006 11:06:11 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 44 replies · 933+ views
    AFP via translation | November 3, 2006
    The lawyers of Saddam will be present at the verdict Sunday AMMAN - the lawyers of Saddam Hussein will be present Sunday at the High penal court in Baghdad to attend the verdict of the first lawsuit of the deposed Iraqi president, indicated to Friday to AFP the foreman of defense, Khalil Al-Doulaïmi. With the question of knowing if the team would go to the statement of the verdict, waited Sunday, it answered: "I will go to Baghdad in company of all the members of the team of defense and among them Ramsey Clark, a former American minister for...
  • Iraq - Saddam witness describes attack

    10/30/2006 10:14:14 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 15 replies · 509+ views
    BBC News ^ | October 30, 2006
    The court trying Saddam Hussein for genocide has heard testimony from Kurdish witnesses describing alleged chemical attacks on their villages. Villagers spoke of their memories of Operation Anfal, a crackdown against Iraqi Kurds in the late 1980s. They described a smell "like rotten apples" minutes after the bombings, comparing them to "Doomsday". Testimony came after the ousted Iraqi president's defence stormed out, saying the trial could not be fair. Chief defence lawyer Khalil al-Dulaimi walked out of court after requests made in an apparent end to the boycott of the genocide trial were turned down. After a heated exchange,...
  • Saddam lawyer warns Bush over trial verdict (Saddam campaigns for Democrats)

    10/29/2006 12:32:58 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 19 replies · 1,000+ views
    Saddam Hussein's defence team has drafted a letter to US President George W. Bush warning of dire consequences if an Iraqi court issues a verdict against the ousted Iraqi president for crimes against humanity. In a copy of the letter received by AFP in Jordan on Sunday, lead Iraqi lawyer Khalil al-Dulaimi also urged Bush to set free Saddam and put an end to the trial which he described again as illegal and a farce. "We believe that it is necessary to stop this farcical trial and set free President Saddam Hussein, and all the prisoners, because this is...
  • 'Free Saddam or else...'

    10/29/2006 8:38:02 AM PST · by Ironfocus · 82 replies · 1,448+ views
    'Free Saddam or else...' 29/10/2006 17:19 - (SA) Amman - Saddam Hussein's defence team has drafted a letter to US President George W Bush warning of dire consequences if an Iraqi court issues a verdict against the ousted Iraqi president for crimes against humanity. In a copy of the letter received by AFP in Jordan on Sunday, lead Iraqi lawyer Khalil al-Dulaimi also urged Bush to set free Saddam and put an end to the trial which he described again as illegal and a farce. "We believe that it is necessary to stop this farcical trial and set free President...
  • Iraqi leader urges Saddam execution

    10/19/2006 10:13:28 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 1,570+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/19/06 | Bushra Juhi and Jamal Halaby - ap
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq's prime minister says Saddam Hussein's execution would help undermine the insurgency as the ex-president's genocide trial heard more testimony Thursday of poison gas attacks on Kurdish villages two decades ago. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said he hoped the trial, which began in August, would not last long and "shortly a death sentence will be passed against this criminal tyrant, his aides and the criminals who worked with him." "Definitely, with his execution, those betting on returning to power under the banner of Saddam and the Baath (Party) will lose," al-Maliki told reporters Wednesday in Najaf. Saddam...
  • Hussein to be sentenced two days before mid-term elections

    10/16/2006 8:21:14 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 71 replies · 2,005+ views
    The Hill ^ | 10/16/06 | Klaus Marre
    Wire reports indicated Monday that a verdict in the trial of disposed Iraqi despot Saddam Hussein is expected on Nov. 5, two days before the congressional elections. That timing could significantly benefit GOP candidates, many of which are struggling to defend the war. After offering various rationales for the invasion of Iraq since 2003, President Bush recently said that the main reason for the war was to get rid of the Iraqi dictator. "Presidents don't get to look back, but I will tell you, the decision to remove Saddam was the right decision," Bush said last week at a White...
  • Judge in Saddam trial to set verdict date on Monday

    10/15/2006 5:07:11 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 24 replies · 1,399+ views
    Reuters ^ | 15 October 2006 | Mariam Karouny
    A judge trying Saddam Hussein for the killing of 148 Shi'ite villagers in the 1980s will set a date on Monday for a verdict in a case that carries the maximum penalty of death by hanging, court officials said. A year after the case opened in a U.S.-backed courtroom in Baghdad, chief judge Raouf Abdel Rahman will hold a closed session to review witness testimonies and evidence and announce a final date for a verdict for former Iraqi president Saddam and seven of his top lieutenants for crimes against humanity. "The judge needs to review procedural and administrative issues and...
  • 2 GOP senators urge new Iraq strategy

    10/15/2006 12:48:05 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 36 replies · 1,102+ views
    AP ^ | October 15 2006 | NEDRA PICKLER
    Two leading Republican senators called Sunday for a new strategy in Iraq, saying the situation in getting worse and leaving the United States with few options. Sens. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and John Warner of Virginia are part of the growing list of Republicans who are speaking out against President Bush's current plan for Iraq as U.S. casualties rise. "The American people are not going to continue to support, sustain a policy that puts American troops in the middle of a civil war," Hagel said on CNN's "Late Edition." Hagel said he agreed with Warner, chairman of the Senate Armed...
  • Saddam says victory at hand against U.S. occupation

    10/15/2006 12:43:33 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 56 replies · 1,868+ views
    Reuters ^ | October 15 2006 | Suleiman al Khalidi
    In an open letter, Saddam Hussein told Iraqis "victory was at hand" and urged insurgents to show magnanimity to opponents, saying he himself forgave Iraqis who aided the killers of his two sons. In the letter dictated to his chief lawyer Khalil Dulaimi during a four-hour meeting on Saturday in his prison, the former Iraqi leader also said Iraqis should put aside differences and set only one goal - to drive U.S. troops out of Iraq. "Victory is at hand but don't forget that your near-term goal is confined to liberating your country from the forces of occupation," Saddam said...
  • Saddam Hussein expelled from court

    10/10/2006 3:20:52 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 17 replies · 450+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | October 10, 2006
    Saddam Hussein expelled of the court BAGHDAD - former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein was expelled Tuesday morning of the court where it is shown of genocide against the Kurdish populations and the judge ordered that the debates continue in camera, according to journalists' on the spot. An argument burst with judge Mohammed Al-Oreibi Al-Khalifa when this last required to close the microphone of Saddam Hussein who wanted to read a verse of Coran. After having ordered the expulsion of the former president, the judge also expelled of the court another defendant, Hussein Rachid Al-Tikriti, former assistant commander of the...
  • Saddam genocide trial continues...AGAIN!

    Monday 09 October 2006 Saddam could face the death penalty if found guilty Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's genocide trial has resumed after a two-week adjournment. The trail resumed on Monday despite a boycott by Saddam's defence lawyers. The former presidnet and six of his officials are accused of ordering the 1988 Anfal campaign by Iraqi forces in which 182,000 Kurds were killed, prosecutors say. The court heard testimony from a Kurdish woman who accused Saddam Hussein of burying her family in a mass grave. She spoke from behind a curtain to protect her identity. She said Iraqi forces attacked...
  • Iraq - Judge throws Saddam out of court

    09/25/2006 1:57:25 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 43 replies · 13,779+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | September 25, 2006
    BAGHDAD, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein was expelled from the courtroom for the second hearing in a row on Monday after the new chief judge dismissed his request to be allowed out of the metal pen where defendants must sit. "I have a request here that I don't want to be in this cage any more," he said, waving a yellow paper. "Get him out," the judge ordered court guards.
  • Saddam told he was 'no dictator' by judge at his genocide trial

    09/14/2006 8:16:56 PM PDT · by indcons · 10 replies · 513+ views
    Scotsman ^ | Fri 15 Sep 2006 | IBON VILLELABEITIA
    THE judge in Saddam Hussein's genocide trial said yesterday that he did not think the fallen Iraqi leader was a "dictator". Abdulla al-Amiri made his comments a day after prosecutors demanded his resignation, complaining that he was too soft on Saddam, who had threatened to "crush the heads" of his accusers. They also complained he let Saddam make long speeches in court. Questioning a Kurdish farmer who testified he had secured a face-to-face audience with Saddam in 1988 and begged him to spare the lives of his wife and seven children, the former president said: "If I'm a dictator, why...
  • Waiting for justice on Anfal [1988: Saddam Killed 100,000; Another 182,000 Missing]

    09/17/2006 6:50:28 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 4 replies · 230+ views
    Multi-National Force, Iraq ^ | Sunday, 17 September 2006 | Sgt. Dennis Gravelle
    KURDISTAN — In April, ousted dictator Saddam Hussein was charged with genocide and crimes against humanity for his role 1988’s Anfal campaign against Iraq’s Kurdish population. Now, as Iraqis wait for the trial to run its course, three local Kurdish citizens reflect on what they endured before and after the campaign that some say left 100,000 Kurds dead and another 182,000 missing. “In 1988, Iraqi military operations started Aug. 25, called ‘Operation Anfal’, translated Anfal means ‘Spoil of War’,” said Makail Bendi, an interpreter with the 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion in Dahuk. Bendi fled Iraq with the start of the...
  • Witnesses testify of Saddam atrocities

    09/18/2006 10:30:17 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 489+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/18/06 | Sameer N. Yacoub and Jamal Haraby - ap
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - A former Kurdish rebel testified Monday he temporarily lost his sight in a chemical weapons attack by Saddam Hussein's forces nearly two decades ago. He removed his glasses so the court could see his swollen eyes. Karawan Abdellah said he still lives in "pain and suffering" from the March 1988 attack, when Iraqi warplanes raided Kurdish guerrilla positions in the village of Shanakhesiya in northern Iraq. After the initial airstrike, Iraq fired chemical weapons on the village, Abdellah said. "I stayed in a hospital for six months and during this period I wasn't able to see at...
  • Judge Castigates Sleeping Lawyer In Saddam Trial (Bader Ginsburg?)

    09/19/2006 4:15:46 PM PDT · by Mr. Brightside · 6 replies · 369+ views
    Kaleej Times ^ | 9/19/06
    Judge castigates sleeping lawyer in Saddam’s trial (Reuters) 19 September 2006 BAGHDAD - The chief judge in Saddam Hussein’s genocide trial castigated a defence lawyer for falling asleep during Tuesday’s proceedings, as a witness was recounting a gas attack. Banging his hammer, an angry Abdullah Al Amiri brusquely interrupted an ethnic Kurd recounting a gas attack in his village in northern Iraq in 1988 to berate one of the lawyers for Saddam and his six other co-accused. ‘It appears you’re falling asleep!’ the judge said. ‘Who me? No, no. I’m just tired like everyone else here. I wasn’t asleep. I...
  • Iraqi Govt removes Saddam trial judge

    09/19/2006 7:02:35 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 5 replies · 425+ views
    Iraq's Shiite-led Cabinet has removed the chief judge in the genocide trial of Saddam Hussein, accusing him of being biased towards the defendant. Judge Abdullah al-Ameri has come under fire for making a statement that Saddam was not a "dictator" during a friendly exchange with the accused at a hearing on September 14. "I can confirm he has been removed," Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said. "The Government of Iraq feels the judge is no longer neutral as could be seen when he described Saddam Hussein as not being a 'dictator'," Mr Dabbagh said. Mr Dabbagh says that the decision to...
  • Saddam Tossed From Court After Arguing

    09/20/2006 6:10:01 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies · 335+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 20 2006 | SAMEER N. YACOUB and JAMAL HALABY
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Saddam Hussein's lawyers walked out of his trial Wednesday to protest the replacement of the chief judge, who had been accused of favoring the defense. The deposed leader also protested and was ordered to leave the courtroom.
  • New judge throws Saddam out of court

    09/20/2006 9:54:33 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 590+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/20/06 | Sameer N. Yacoub and Jamal Haraby - ap
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Saddam Hussein's lawyers walked out of his trial Wednesday to protest the replacement of the chief judge, who had been accused of favoring the defense. The deposed leader also protested and was ordered to leave the courtroom. Defense lawyers questioned the impartiality of the trial when the session began under Judge Mohammed Oreibi al-Khalifa in place of Abdullah al-Amiri, who was removed after he was accused of being too soft on the former Iraqi leader. Al-Amiri told Saddam last week in court that "you were not a dictator," and an aide to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said...
  • Iraqi Official Testifies to Links Between Saddam and Al Qaeda

    09/14/2006 10:25:44 AM PDT · by april15Bendovr · 51 replies · 1,444+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | September 14, 2006 | ELI LAKE
    Iraqi Official Testifies to Links Between Saddam and Al Qaeda BY ELI LAKE - Staff Reporter of the Sun September 14, 2006 WASHINGTON — A deputy prime minister of Iraq yesterday offered a sharp contradiction of the conventional wisdom here that Saddam Hussein's Iraq and Al Qaeda had no connection before the 2003 war, flatly contradicting a recent report from the Senate's intelligence committee. In a speech in which he challenged the belief of war critics that Iraqis' lives are now worse than under Saddam Hussein, Barham Salih said, "The alliance between the Baathists and jihadists which sustains Al Qaeda...
  • Iraq - Saddam genocide trial prosecutor demands resignation of judge

    09/13/2006 12:33:22 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 404+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | September 13, 2006
    Begun again lawsuit of Saddam, the prosecutor claims the resignation of the judge BAGHDAD - the lawsuit of deposed president Saddam Hussein, judged for genocide against the Kurds, took again Wednesday in front of the high Iraqi penal court in Baghdad, where the Attorney General asked for the resignation of the marked judge of laxism with regard to the Iraqi ex-dictator. Saddam Hussein and its six co-defendants were present in the room of the court, including Ali Hassan Al-Majid, called Ali the chemical one for his role in the chemical bombardments of civil zones. During five last audiences of...
  • Former guerrilla testifies in Saddam trial (182,000 Kurds slaughtered during Anfal campaign)

    09/11/2006 7:58:15 AM PDT · by dead · 8 replies · 440+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | September 11, 2006 - 8:01PM
    A former female Kurdish guerrilla told the court trying ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein on charges of genocide today how she witnessed first-hand the horror of gas attacks against her people in the late 1980s. Saddam and six co-defendants were back in the dock after a three-week recess in their trial over the brutal 1987-88 Anfal campaign against Kurds in northern Iraq which prosecutors say left 182,000 people dead. Katherine Elias Mikhail, once a peshmerga Kurdish guerrilla, described how she was present when first her unit and then a year later her village were gassed by Saddam's air force. "I...
  • Saddam genocide trial resumes

    09/11/2006 1:57:09 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 259+ views
    The trial of deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein on charges of genocide against the Kurdish people during the so-called Anfal campaign in the late 1980s resumed today after a three-week recess. Saddam appeared in his trademark dark business suit and all six of his co-defendants were present, including Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as "Chemical Ali" for his alleged role in the gas attacks against the Kurds. ~ snip ~
  • Lawyers for Hussein Accuse Kurd of Treason

    08/23/2006 7:46:22 PM PDT · by jdm · 3 replies · 318+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 24, 2006 | DAMIEN CAVE
    BAGHDAD, Iraq, Aug. 23 — Defense lawyers for Saddam Hussein accused a former Kurdish militant of treason on Wednesday, arguing on the third day of Mr. Hussein’s genocide trial that chemical attacks on Kurds were legitimate acts against local militias conspiring with Iran. The emerging strategy — evident in comments from lawyers and two of Mr. Hussein’s six co-defendants — came on a day filled with continued testimony about Kurdish suffering during the Anfal military campaign against northern villages in 1988. The court adjourned until Sept. 11 at the request of defense lawyers who said they needed more time to...
  • Saddam trial adjourned until Sept. 11

    08/23/2006 7:26:41 PM PDT · by jdm · 7 replies · 444+ views
    People's Daily ^ | August 24, 2006
    The second trial of Iraqi former president Saddam Hussein was adjourned on Wednesday for three weeks until Sept. 11, the Iraqi High Tribunal said. The deposed president and his six codefendants were back in dock on Wednesday for their alleged involvement in the anti- Kurdish Anfal campaign that slaughtered tens of thousand of Kurds. Four Kurdish witnesses, three women and one man, testifies before a panel of judges on third session, accusing Saddam and his top commanders of ordering chemical attacks on their villages. The witness, 45-year-old Adiba Owla Bayez, told the court one of her daughters died due to...
  • Kurdish woman curses Saddam for chemical attack

    08/23/2006 7:31:48 AM PDT · by Valin · 11 replies · 804+ views
    Reuters ^ | 8/23/06 | Michael Georgy
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Cursing Saddam Hussein, a Kurdish woman told the former Iraqi leader's genocide trial on Wednesday she was horribly burned after aircraft bombed her mountain village with chemical weapons. "I lost my sight. My children lost their sight ... My house was razed to the ground. May God blind them all," said Adiba Owla Bayez, pointing at the former Iraqi president and his six co-defendants on the third day of the trial. Describing a spring evening in 1987, the 45-year-old mother of five said aircraft dropped bombs behind her house and she had immediately noticed a difference from...
  • Caption Pic of Saddam Being Cursed

    08/23/2006 7:53:35 AM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 57 replies · 2,503+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | August 23,2006
    Ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein sits in the dock during the third day of his trial for genocide in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone. Kurdish women whose families were decimated in a poison gas attack cursed Saddam, as they gave harrowing evidence at his genocide trial.(AFP/Pool/Daniel Berehulak)
  • Kurd accuses Saddam in court of poison gas attacks

    08/22/2006 1:48:59 AM PDT · by jdm · 5 replies · 323+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 22, 2006 | Michael Georgy
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An Iraqi Kurd told Saddam Hussein's genocide trial on Tuesday how jets dropped poison gas smelling of rotten apples on his mountain village and aides to the ousted leader defended his campaign against Kurdish rebels. Taking the stand in Baghdad on the second day of the second capital trial the former president has faced, first witness Ali Mustafa Hama said: "Birds were returning to their nests. I saw eight to 12 jets patrolling the sky. There was greenish smoke from the bombs. There was a smell of rotten apple or garlic. "People were vomiting ... We were...
  • Defendant in Saddam trial says Anfal operation targeted only Kurdish guerrillas and Iranian troops

    08/22/2006 12:30:32 AM PDT · by jdm · 174+ views
    Santa Barbara News-Press ^ | August 22, 2006 | Rawya Rageh
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - One of the defendants in the new trial of Saddam Hussein insisted on Tuesday that the military was attacking only Iranian troops and Kurdish rebels when it launched the Anfal campaign in the 1980s in which tens of thousands of Kurds were killed. Sultan Hashim al-Tai spoke on the second day of the trial, in which Saddam is charged with genocide over the 1987-88 Operation Anfal in northern Iraq. Al-Tai, who was the commander of Task Force Anfal and head of the Iraqi Army 1st Corps, said Anfal was launched in areas of the north that...
  • Curses greet Saddam as Kurds watch trial (many incredibly powerful statements from relatives)

    08/21/2006 11:56:43 PM PDT · by jdm · 6 replies · 374+ views
    Kuwait Times ^ | August 22, 2006
    DOHUK: "Son of a donkey". "Son of a whore". The men in this Kurdish cafe in northern Iraq hurled their curses at the television screen as it showed Saddam Hussein in court in live coverage of his trial for genocide yesterday. As another spat in contempt, others shouted "bastard", "swine", at the appearance of Saddam's cousin, Ali Mahjid, or "Chemical Ali", also charged with genocide in the killing of around 100,000 of their people and destruction of 3,000 villages, notably using chemical weapons. "We are happy to see our sworn enemy Saddam before a court," said Walid Khaled, 30, whose...
  • Saddam back in court but he could hang before the verdict

    08/22/2006 1:06:41 AM PDT · by onyx · 18 replies · 605+ views
    dispatch ^ | 8-22-06 | Sapa-AFP
    OUSTED Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein defiantly refused to enter a plea yesterday at the start of his trial on charges of genocide over a brutal crackdown against Kurds that allegedly left 182000 people dead. Grey-bearded and wearing a dark business suit, Saddam sat fuming in the Iraqi High Tribunal along with six co-defendants, accused of leading the savage eight-month Anfal campaign in 1988 against Iraq’s Kurdish minority. In a rowdy first hearing, the furious 69-year-old said he was “President of the Republic of Iraq”, clashed angrily with the prosecutor over rape claims and shouted at the judge after two of...
  • Saddam Hussein Explodes at Rape Charges in Court

    He is accused of destroying entire villages and killing tens of thousands of men, women and children in the cruelest way, by poison gas and nerve agents, but it was the claim that Kurdish women were raped under his leadership that made former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein fly into an indignant rage on the first day of his new trial for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity Monday morning. "I can never accept the claim that an Iraqi woman was raped while Saddam is president," the ousted leader shouted, as he slammed the podium before him and pointed defiantly...