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Saddam-ite Judge Booted From Genocide Trial

Some good news for a change, grudging reported no doubt by Saddam’s fans at the Associated Press:

Chief Judge Abdullah al-Ameri

Judge in Saddam’s genocide trial ousted

BAGHDAD, Iraq – The chief judge in Saddam Hussein’s genocide trial has been replaced, Al-Iraqiya state television reported Tuesday. The station did not say why the change was made, but the Arab satellite stations Al-Arabiya and Al-Jazeera said Judge Abdullah al-Amiri was replaced at the request of the Iraqi prime minister.

The name of the new judge was not reported. There was no immediate official confirmation that the judge had been replaced.

Prosecutors had asked for al-Amiri to be replaced after he allowed Saddam to lash out at Kurdish witnesses. And last week, al-Amiri stirred further controversy when he told the former president that "you were not a dictator.

Of course the fact that such a lunatic was even allowed on the bench — let alone selected for this trial — is very unsettling.

One suspects Saddam Hussein had a lot to do with his brilliant career.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, September 19th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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