To further quote:Originally posted by jimzinsocal on 12-19-2003 at 04:21 PM
I dont follow your arguement. Hes not a POW...or he wouldnt be tried by fellow Iraq citizens.
Some council members say Saddam, who is being interrogated in U.S. custody, should be tried quickly and face the death penalty if convicted. International human rights group have raised questions about the independence and professionalism of the tribunal.
Justice Minister Hashim Abdul Rahman al-Shalabi, who was appointed by the Governing Council, said the tribunal law allows international experts to advise the five-judge tribunal when it is deemed necessary. But he objected to the appointment of foreign judges.
"The presence of foreign judges will undermine (Iraqi) sovereignty and would undercut the value of the Iraqi judiciary," al-Shalabi told The Associated Press.
"Iraqi judges have enough experience and information to carry out the task," he said. "An Iraqi judge can also look at the crimes committed objectively and will provide the suspects with means to defend themselves."
The Iraqi-led tribunal contrasts with U.N.-sponsored tribunals set up to consider war crimes in the former Yugoslavia and in Rwanda. In those cases, international judges and lawyers have argued and decided cases.
On Thursday, Governing Council member Adnan Pachachi said Iraq's tribunal would welcome "foreign judges if we feel it's necessary."
In a Friday sermon in the town of Kufa, south of Baghdad, Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called for the formation of a "popular religious court" to try Saddam. Such courts "should also involve Iran and Kuwait, who were also harmed by Saddam."