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Saddam's heinous crimes against humanity can never be diminished

30.12.2006

"Saddam Hussein acknowledged on Iraqi national television during his trial that he had signed the death warrants after only the most cursory look at the evidence against his victims, and that he testified proudly. He had the day in court that was denied to his victims.

Saddam was the first Arab tyrant made to answer for his crimes in an open court; a potential warning to the region's other tyrants." Said Jabbar Hasan of Iraqi Association in London.

The execution of Saddam ended the life of one of the most brutal tyrants in recent history. The despot had oppressed Iraqi people for more than 35 years, unleashing devastating regional wars, producing millions of refugees, and reducing his once promising, oil-rich nation to a claustrophobic police state.

However, our concern is that his removal from the scene will make it difficult to shed more light on his crimes; investigation of which often has to be reopened. The trial of Saddam Hussein, like those of Pinochet and Milosevic, ought to have been the occasion for the assembling of a huge and conclusive information of evidences, including those companies and governments who had armed and helped him in the past to sustain his terror and evil regimes. And there will always be the suspicion that he might have pointed the finger at Western complicity in both of these terrible episodes. He should have been indicted by an international tribunal well before 2003. This would have been an all time monument to justice and the healing process of Iraqi people.

"For victims' families, revenge and retribution can never produce genuine healing. It can only deprive them of the opportunity for forgiveness and uncovering the truth behind the making of Saddam's regime. Justice takes place when the complete truth is uncovered during the trial." Said Mr Hasan of Iraqi Association in London.

Psychological, political and social crimes of Saddam's regime had destroyed the Iraqi society for many generations. Among his routine deadly torture methods were: charging the families the price of the bullets used to kill their beloved ones. The family have to sign a statement that their son is a traitor and are prevented from mourning the death. Or using the rat poison to kill the detainees, even teeth pulling was a routine method, coupled with the pulling the nails and decapitating children in front of their mothers.

Toppling Saddam Hussein did not automatically create a new and better Iraq; and his execution will not stop the violence immediately, but may contribute towards easing the situation.

For more information please contact Jabbar Hasan on 020 8741 5491 Mobile 07761 081030
Email: info@iraqiassociation.org


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