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‘Rights Group’ Angry At Saddam Judge Dismissal

From Saddam’s staunch fans at Reuters:

Saddam ejected after trial starts with new judge

Wed Sep 20, 2006 3:39 AM EDT

By Ahmed Rasheed

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The new chief judge in Saddam Hussein’s genocide trial ejected the ousted Iraqi leader from the courtroom for refusing to sit down moments after hearings began on Wednesday.

Defense lawyers also stormed out in protest against the sacking of Mohammed al-Ureybi’s predecessor.

"Take him out of the courtroom," Ureybi ordered guards after a defiant Saddam refused to sit down.

Ureybi was named to take over the court after the government sacked Abdullah al-Amiri for saying Saddam was "not a dictator." …

The decision by Shi’ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to change judges has prompted criticism by some international legal rights groups [and by "some" they mean one], who have said government pressure and sectarian violence in Iraq make a fair trial against Saddam impossible…

Richard Dicker, who has been observing the court for Human Rights Watch, said the government was "riding roughshod" over the tribunal’s own procedures for dealing with charges of bias.

"(The cabinet) has not only interfered with the court’s independence but greatly undermined the court’s own appearance of neutrality and objectivity. The transfer effectively sends a chilling message to all judges: toe the line or risk removal."…

And this report from CNN provides some more insights from the great humanitarians at Human Rights Watch:

Saddam Hussein ejected from trial

September 20, 2006

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — The chief judge in Saddam Hussein’s genocide trial has ejected the ousted Iraqi leader from the courtroom for refusing to sit down moments after hearings began….

The trial resumed Wednesday with a new chief judge — Mohammad Orabi Majeed Al-Khalefa — just a day after Iraq’s government demanded that Chief Judge Adullah al-Almiri be replaced because of his statement that the ousted leader was not a dictator.

Responding to the change, defense attorneys for Hussein immediately left the courtroom after reading a statement condemning the move.

"We believe the judiciary does not enjoy the independence required," the statement said, adding "the decision is against the main principles governing the independence and integrity of the judiciary." …

The U.S.-based Human Rights Watch said the move shows "a complete lack of respect for judicial independence." …

In a statement issued late Tuesday, Human Rights Watch said the government demand has "greatly undermined the court’s own appearance of neutrality and objectivity."

"Judges must not be the subject of inflammatory criticism by government officials," the group said . "Any process for disciplining or removing judges must occur in accordance with independent judicial procedures, and not take place in the court of public opinion." …

Funny how the remarks from Human Rights Watch track so perfectly with those of Saddam’s own attorneys.

And so much for Human Rights Watch’s concern that the victims of Saddam’s genocide get justice. It didn’t faze HRW in the least that the former judge was clearly prejudiced in Saddam’s favor.

But what can you expect from the laughably named Dick Dicker and the rest of the laughably named Human Rights Watch? They will defend anyone, any time, any place — even a mass murderer, as long as he hates America.

After all, that’s what George Soros pays them to do.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, September 20th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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