Amnesty International flays Saddam's verdict

Human rights organisation, Amnesty International said the trial had been 'marred by serious flaws'.

india Updated: Nov 05, 2006 20:57 IST

The human rights organisation, Amnesty International, on Sunday sharply criticised the death verdict against Saddam Hussein, saying the trial had been 'marred by serious flaws'.

Amnesty's director for the Middle East and North Africa, Malcom Smart, said, "This trial should have been a major contribution towards establishing justice and the rule of law in Iraq, and in ensuring truth and accountability for the massive human rights violations perpetrated by Saddam Hussein's rule."

"In practice, it has been a shabby affair, marred by serious flaws that call into question the capacity of the tribunal, as currently established, to administer justice fairly, in conformity with international standards."

Smart said that every accused had the right to a fair trial, something which itself had been "routinely ignored through the decades of Saddam Hussein's tyranny."

The Saddam trial had been an "opportunity missed, and made worse by the imposition of the death penalty" in what could have been the chance to restore the basic right of a fair trial and to ensure accountability for crimes of the past.

He said the Amnesty would closely follow the appeals stage in the Saddam verdict.

First Published: Nov 05, 2006 20:57 IST