Monday, February 16, 2004

Iraqi special tribunal

Will it take two full years to try Saddam?

Iraq's deposed dictator Saddam Hussein is unlikely to stand trial for at least another two years, the Guardian has learned.

The Iraqi special tribunal for crimes against humanity is months away from hearing its first case, and when the trials begin in October or November the first defendants to appear will be high-ranking Ba'ath party officials.

Muhammad Zimam Abd al-Razzaq al-Sadun, the former Ba'ath party chairman and commander of the militia in Baghdad, was reported to have been captured yesterday, bringing the number caught since US authorities issued their "most wanted" deck of 52 cards to 44.

"I think it will take two years to get to Saddam being tried," said Salem Chalabi, one of the architects of the court and a nephew of the influential Iraqi exile Ahmad Chalabi, head of the Iraqi National Congress.


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