Amnesty International Assesses Saddam Trial

Amnesty condemns Saddam trial, death sentences
11-05-2006, 11h17
LONDON (AFP)

Amnesty International has condemned the death sentences handed to Saddam Hussein and two of his senior allies, describing their trial as a “shabby affair, marred by serious flaws”.

The London-based human rights group — which opposes capital punishment — said the trial should have helped the process of establishing justice and the rule of law in Iraq but was in fact “deeply flawed and unfair”.

“This trial should have been a major contribution towards establishing justice and the rule of law in Iraq, and in ensuring truth and accountability for the massive human rights violations perpetrated by Saddam Hussein’s rule,” said Malcolm Smart, director of the Middle East and North Africa programme.

“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.”

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