Al Majid trial a farce, Iraqi criminal justice system inadequate
August 30, 2007 3:08 PM ET
Giovanni Di Stefano [lawyer for Ali Hassan Al Majid, dubbed "Chemical Ali", Studio Legale Internazionale, Rome]: "The case of Al Majid can be summarized by the following phrase that he uttered in my presence to the Iraqi High Tribunal Judge when sentenced to death: 'thank God now I can have you judges out of my hair'. The Anfal Trial was and remains a trial contrary to natural justice and like the Saddam Hussein trial criticised by all and sundry. The Trial Judge refused a number of applications to admit probative evidence of an exculpatory nature and the outcome was already pre-designated. We were told two months prior to the conclusion of the proceedings (I was told March 8th 2007 in Baghdad) that three would be executed, one acquitted and one jailed for life. If counsel is notified prior to the conclusion of a trial the outcome it becomes an absurdity proceeding and a farce.
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