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Discussion in 'News' started by ClueTwo, Nov 4, 2004.

  1. ClueTwo

    ClueTwo Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 30, 2001 Messages: 9,016 Likes Received: 117
    This is interesting....




    Human Rights Watch: U.S.-led forces failed to secure evidence vital to Saddam trial

    By Paul Garwood, Associated Press, 11/3/2004 21:57

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    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) U.S.-led forces in Iraq failed to safeguard official documents belonging to Saddam Hussein's regime and protect mass graves of victims, a human rights watchdog charged Thursday, saying that could affect the trials of the former Iraqi dictator and his colleagues.

    Coalition forces failed to stop people stealing thousands of official documents in the months after the March 2003 invasion, Human Rights Watch says in a report, ''Iraq: The State of the Evidence.''

    The U.S.-led troops also failed to stop people from damaging some of the more than 250 mass graves in their search for the remains of relatives, the report said.

    ''Coalition forces subsequently failed to put in place the professional expertise and assistance necessary to ensure proper classification and exhumation procedures,'' said Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of the Middle East and North Africa Division of Human Rights Watch.

    ''As a result, it is very likely that key evidentiary materials have been lost or tainted,'' she said in a statement sent to The Associated Press.

    U.S. officials declined immediate comment. ''The Pentagon has not had the opportunity to review this report. It would be premature to comment at this time,'' Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Col. Rose-Ann Lynch said.

    Saddam has been accused of ordering the killing of tens of thousands of Shiites and Kurds who rose up against him in 1991 following the Gulf War that liberated Kuwait from Iraqi occupation.

    He was arraigned July 1 in Baghdad on broad charges including killing rival politicians over 30 years, gassing Kurds in the northern town of Halabja in 1988, invading Kuwait in 1990 and suppressing the Kurdish and Shiite uprisings.

    Eleven leading officials from his regime also face trial. Among them is Ali Hasan al-Majid, known as ''Chemical Ali'' for his role in chemical weapons attacks against the Kurds.

    Iraq's interim prime minister, Ayad Allawi, wants an early start to the trials, but U.S. officials say patience is necessary to ensure the proceedings meet the highest international standards.

    Hania Mufti, Human Rights Watch's representative in Iraq, said the failure to protect the mass graves and state archives may have led to the loss of some valuable evidence which could affect the trials.

    Human Rights Watch urged Iraq's interim government to set up multilateral bodies to protect the mass graves, conduct exhumations and monitor the handling of Saddam-era official documents.

    On the Net:

    Human Rights Watch web site: http://hrw.org
     
  2. Overtime

    Overtime Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Apr 22, 2003 Messages: 13,986 Likes Received: 311
    wasent suprised...
     
  3. ledzep

    ledzep Junior Member

    Joined: Feb 21, 2002 Messages: 146 Likes Received: 1
    AHAHAHAHAHAhahahahahahahahahahahhaah!!!:lol:

    *whew*
     
  4. willy.wonka

    willy.wonka Guest

    its all according to plan...take the steps
     
  5. Jimmy Jump

    Jimmy Jump Member

    Joined: Jun 8, 2004 Messages: 665 Likes Received: 0
    "Saddam has been accused of ordering the killing of tens of thousands of Shiites and Kurds who rose up against him in 1991 following the Gulf War that liberated Kuwait from Iraqi occupation"

    ha, thats bush league bitch. 100000 like WHAT! pussy motherfucker.
     
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