Mockery of justice in Iraq

The Media Review Network views with scepticism the so-called judicial process resulting in a verdict sentencing Iraqi tyrant Saddam Hussein to death.

The Media Review Network views with scepticism the so-called judicial process resulting in a verdict sentencing Iraqi tyrant Saddam Hussein to death.

In dispensing justice, the military tribunal has been fraught with huge inconsistencies, amounting to the total disregard of fundamental provisions of international law.

We are also appalled that the indictment against Hussein and his co-accused excluded a host of accomplices in war crimes from the present and former US administrations. We refer in particular to George Bush senior, Donald Rumsfeld and others who actively collaborated with the Hussein regime during its reign of terror.

Hussein is a tyrant deserving due justice. But disregarding external political imperatives dictating his brutal reign is itself an injustice. Any process that excludes the political elite associated with successive American governments from facing similar charges of crimes against humanity is incomplete.

Since this is exactly what happened, we cannot ignore the implications of such unjust immunity that protects the Bush dynasty.

Sentencing Hussein to death was an expected outcome.

This mockery of justice might bring an end to Hussein - much to the relief of thousands of his victims in Iraq and Iran - yet Iraq's sovereignty can only be restored once its illegal occupation is ended.

Iqbal Jassat, chairman,Media Review Network, Tshwane

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