Accessibility links

Breaking News

Human Rights Group Criticizes Court Trying Saddam Hussein 

A major human rights group says an Iraqi tribunal set to try Saddam Hussein on genocide and other charges is incapable of giving him a fair trial.

The former Iraqi ruler goes on trial Monday in connection with the deaths of an estimated 100,000 Iraqi Kurds in 1987 and 1988.

A report on the Human Rights Watch website says Saddam's first trial by the Iraqi High Tribunal showed that the court's lawyers and judges do not understand international criminal law. The group also criticized the trial's "chaotic" nature and extensive use of anonymous witnesses.

A verdict is pending in Saddam's first trial on charges of killing 148 people in one village.

This second trial is supposed to cover a separate counter insurgency campaign called "Operation Anfal" that saw thousands of Kurdish villages destroyed.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.