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The stars of this summers blockbuster movies have nothing on the high-profile defendants facing trial in the criminal court system Michael Jackson is a marquee attraction that grabs daily headlines However now comes the most notorious criminal defendant of them all Saddam Hussein The deposed Iraqi leader recently faced charges referring to crimes such as the gassing of Kurdish villagers the killing thousands including political activists and religious figures and the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait all of which occurred during his rule Saddams trial has been the subject of intense discussion by people some of whose written opinions were reported in Sydney Morning Herald These state that although non-Iraqi judges should assist with the trial for many Iraqis already ashamed that they needed the US to topple Saddams regime for them the participation of foreign judges will constitute a further slur on Iraqi competence and will be a slap in the face to an already demoralised nation If Saddam is convicted and merely given a jail term most Iraqis will see it as a let-down and will dismiss the tribunal as weak and ineffectual For them nothing short of the death sentence promptly carried out will be acceptable- a sentiment apparently shared by US President George Bush when he stated He is a torturer a murdererThis is a disgusting tyrant who deserves justice the ultimate justice As reported in an article entitled A tyrant in the dock extracted from the Sydney morning herald on the 2nd of July Saddam Hussein didnt appear to understand his rights in court Seeming to think he was still in power he repeatedly raised his hand as though he may silence the judge The defiant Saddam kept firing back with statements such as I am the president before questioning the judges authority What I find really confusing is the arrogance of this man who has for over 30 years tortured and killed his people now his sons are dead his
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