6.7.06

Hussein lawyers ask International Criminal Court to investigate violations

JURIST - Paper Chase: Hussein lawyers ask International Criminal Court to investigate violations:

Lawyers for Saddam Hussein turned to the International Criminal Court Thursday, asking it to investigate alleged violations of law regarding his treatment and that of defense witnesses by US personnel. A copy of the application obtained by AFP argued that the Iraqi trial of Saddam was illegal and that Saddam was 'a prisoner of war within the meaning of the Geneva Convention and thus came under ICC jurisdiction as applied to cases of war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and aggression.' French Hussein lawyer Emmanuel Ludot said that the 'breaches and aberrations,' including photos of the former Iraqi leader taken while he was undressed, violated parts of the Third Geneva Convention [text] and could be 'considered war crimes.' Another member of the defense team, former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark, has said that US forces must offer Hussein's lawyers more protection to ensure a fair trial.

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