Sunday, November 05, 2006

U.S. Attorney Slams Saddam Trial as "Prejudiced"

For U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark charges "It’s an unfair trial in more ways than you can count. Where have we seen a trial take place in the midst of such uncontrollable violence?”

And he's got a point.

Two days before the mid-term elections in the U.S., when (the pre-arranged by the Bush administration) guilty verdict and death sentence for Saddam Hussein are announced, Qatar's Peninsula On-Line reports:
Former US attorney general Ramsey Clark, who leads a team of international lawyers defending Saddam, described the court as prejudiced and lacking impartiality, and said it had already condemned the ousted Iraqi president for killing 148 Shi’ite villagers after an attempt on his life in 1982.

“To let there be worse than victors’ justice and the revenge of all enemies at a time like this for Iraq is something history and humanity should not have to bear,” Clark said before flying to Baghdad.

“It will create violence maybe for generations to come. “The trial will go down in history as politically forced, it was a disaster for justice. It just went on for too long with lawyers killed and judges kicked off,” said Clark.

The government has urged a rapid conviction and hanging for Saddam whose Sunni-dominated administration oppressed the Shi’ite and Kurdish communities, who now dominate political power.

“When you think of all the things people have said, it’s very difficult to see anything happening except a death sentence,” Clark said.

The veteran anti-war campaigner, who first met Saddam before the 1991 Gulf War, was among the last Westerners to see him weeks before the US-led invasion in March 2003. Clark said Saddam should be tried by an independent UN-sponsored court and he was scathing about the Saddam verdict coming only two days before US mid-term elections.

“We call it the corruption of justice, the abuse of the judicial system for political ends. It’s a crime and a very serious crime because it impacts on the integrity of government,” he said.

A death sentence would not only deepen divisions but would prove to Iraqis aggrieved by the US occupation that there was no other way than a fight to the bitter end, Clark said.

“It’s now or never for us and posterity ..they will see there is no compromise, no fairness... so it’s a struggle to the death,” Clark said.

What the trial of Saddam Hussein shows us and the rest of the world is just how cynical George W. Bush is about U.S. democracy.

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