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Saddam death verdict angers Kashmiris

india Updated: Nov 05, 2006 20:37 IST
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The death verdict against former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein has angered Kashmiris who believe "an invader like the US has no right to hold trial in an occupied land".

"The entire judicial process concerning Saddam Hussein has been suspect not only in the eyes of the people of the rest of the world but also in the eyes of the people of the US," said Yusuf Tarigama, general secretary of the state unit of the Communist Party of India-Marxist in Srinagar on Sunday.

The common Kashmiris are also unhappy over the verdict though they are not sympathetic to Saddam personally but feel the trial has no legitimacy.

"It is a mockery of the judicial system. Thousands have been killed by the American soldiers in Iraq and they have no legal or moral right to occupy a country even if it was run by a dictator like Saddam, much less hold a trial there," said Muhammad Ashraf, a teacher of political science in a local college.

"How can anyone first use military power to bring about a regime change in a foreign country and then supervise the trial of a person who was condemned in the American eyes even before his so-called trial began?" asked Ali Mohammad, a lawyer.

As the news of the verdict reached Srinagar, the people started showing intense interest in what would now happen to Saddam.

"Well, he was a dictator. The Americans killed his two sons, locked him up, changed the trial judge because they felt he was sympathetic to him, and finally got him the death penalty," said professor Muzaffar, who also teaches in a college.

"It is unfortunate, but true that even a bad human being like Saddam has sympathisers throughout the world because the US is the bigger villain now."

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