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[casi] Chalabi planning a "Hussein Trial" for TV

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Keep your eye on the ball-
US policy in Iraq is ONLY about the reelection of GWB next November.

Plans are now to saturate CNN with a new "trial of the century" next summer. pg

>From the Chicago Tribune

Council is considering trial of absent Hussein
December 11, 2003

BAGHDAD -- Iraq's political leaders may mount a war crimes trial against Saddam Hussein even if he 
is never captured, members of the Iraqi Governing Council said Wednesday, raising the prospect of a 
dramatic, albeit symbolic, courtroom spectacle.

A trial of Hussein would have little legal consequence because Iraqi law requires that a defendant 
convicted in absentia receive a new hearing if arrested, according to Iraqi legal experts.

Nevertheless, in announcing the formation Wednesday of a war crimes tribunal for leaders of the 
former regime, council members said that presenting witnesses and evidence against the former 
dictator would provide the Iraqi people the ultimate accounting for three decades of violence and 

"Saddam Hussein will be accused and charged with committing crimes against humanity and the Iraqi 
people. He will certainly come under the jurisdiction of this court," ****said Ahmed Chalabi,*** a 
member of the U.S.-appointed Governing Council.

The court will be operated entirely by Iraqi judges and lawyers, a feature that has drawn criticism 
from human-rights groups who worry that it will not benefit from international expertise in the 
handling of war crimes cases. Likewise, some international justice experts questioned whether a 
high-profile Hussein trial--with no defendant--could undermine the stature of the new court.

"I think a trial in absentia is a bad idea if it lends itself to a show-trial atmosphere that does 
not serve the interests of justice in Iraq," said Richard Dicker, head of the international justice 
program at New York-based Human Rights Watch.

The council will assemble the staff and infrastructure for the tribunal during the next several 
months, Iraqi officials said.

****The first trial is unlikely before July****, when the U.S. is set to hand over political 
authority to a provisional Iraqi government. Before that, however, some of the 38 former Baath 
Party leaders now in U.S. hands may be transferred to Iraqi custody.


For int'l  CNN TV, just before US election. All the photos of Saddam's atrocities are being 
collected now & processed for TV.


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