Justice for Saddam Hussein

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This article deals with the various questions of judicial policy raised by the prospects of a Saddam Hussein trial, which are of international concern, A Special Iraqi Tribunal has been chosen, the accusations have been raised, and the process has begun. Nevertheless, their content, the judicial procedure, the venue and the development of the trial : the independence and impartiality of the judges, the rights of defence, the risks of a judicial show, its length and its conclusion, and the issue of death penalty, summon many questions. These are raised by some States and by the NGOs, among others. The first trial of such a dictator has both a local and an international dimension. The challenges to an equitable and effective trial are impressive, but they can be overcome. – Summary AFRI-2005