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In fairly rambling post yesterday I suggested that it was unlikely that the surrogate Saddam trial would not be public. Right on cue a member of the Iraqi Governing Council has come out and said just that (perhaps they hang off my every word!!!) In interview with Arab dailies (reported on CNN) http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/meast/12/29/sprj.irq.main/index.html Dr. Iyad Allawi alledged how Surrogate Saddam had confessed to investing 40 billion dollars in Switzerland, Germany and Japan (jolly nice for which ever financial institutions get to use the money). Surrogate Saddam doesnt seem to have much backbone because he appears to be singing like the proverbial canary - 'Allawi also told the papers that Saddam is giving the "names of people who know the location of hidden arsenals used in terrorist attacks against coalition forces and the Governing Council."'. Maniacal dictator look-unlikes ought to refuse to talk even under torture (which of course the Americans would never use :D). However the sting in the tail. 'Allawi is quoted saying, "Saddam Hussein's trial would not be public since he could name countries and persons whom he gave money." ' Hmmm, not quite I get the logic of that. Perhaps the meaning was lost in the translation and the original went something like 'There is no way we can have a public trial because the Americans gave us a complete lemon as Saddam Hussein that even Blind Freddy could see through' Enjoy Papers: Saddam revealing information on guns, money U.S.: Firefight kills suspected militants Tuesday, December 30, 2003 Posted: 5:04 AM EST (1004 GMT) AMMAN, Jordan (CNN) -- A member of the Iraqi Governing Council told two Arabic newspapers that Saddam Hussein has given interrogators information about where he has hidden money and how to find weapons arsenals used by those attacking coalition forces. The Arab dailies Asharq Al-Awsat and Al-Hayat reported Monday that Dr. Iyad Allawi told them in interviews the former Iraqi leader admitted he invested stolen Iraqi money -- which the Iraqi Governing Council estimates at $40 billion -- in Switzerland, Japan and Germany, among others, under fictitious company names. Allawi also told the papers that Saddam is giving the "names of people who know the location of hidden arsenals used in terrorist attacks against coalition forces and the Governing Council." Allawi is quoted saying, "Saddam Hussein's trial would not be public since he could name countries and persons whom he gave money." Allawi, who is heading security issues at the Iraqi Council, estimated the number of "terrorists coming from abroad who are carrying out attacks in Iraq" at more than 5,000. Saddam surrendered to U.S. troops on December 13 from the bottom of a narrow, dark hole beneath a two-room mud shack on a sheep farm in Adwar, about 15 kilometers (nine miles) from Tikrit, Saddam's ancestral home. Soldiers also recovered two AK 47 rifles, $750,000 in $100 denominations and a white and orange taxi in the raid. U.S. officials said they focused on the farm based on a collection of intelligence gathered from the hostile questioning of Saddam's former bodyguards and family members. The documents captured with Saddam have shed more light on the resistance, according to U.S. officials. ____________________________________________________________ Get advanced SPAM filtering on Webmail or POP Mail ... Get Lycos Mail! http://login.mail.lycos.com/r/referral?aid=27005 _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk