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I was overwhelmed with joy and relief
This is a day not only for Iraqis but a historic day for the whole region; today new basis for dealing between rulers and peoples are found.
No one is above the law anymore.
I was particularly pleased by the way Judge Raouf Rasheed handled the session; he was reading the court’s decision and at the same time chastising members of the current government for their misbehavior and threatened to throw them in custody regardless of their ranks!
Right now volleys of bullets ring not far from where I sit, some are fired to express joy while others are fired in a desperate expression of denial but I have no doubt who is going to prevail. Although the road is long but we are walking forward and will not look back.
I salute the honorable special tribunal that challenged threats and risks and insisted on keeping up the work until the end, and today it brought back the pride of the land that wrote the world’s first laws.
I salute the witnesses who risked their lives to reveal the truth and expose the crimes of the dictator.
I salute the brave men and women of the coalition who came to this land and made this day possible.
Originally posted by shots
Does anyone know or has anyone heard when the appeal will take place?
Within 10 days, the court will forward the cases of Hussein and three other defendants to the appellate chamber of the Iraqi High Tribunal. Appeals of death penalties and life sentences are automatic.
Within 20 days after the appeals are made, the prosecution and the defense must submit their documents to the appellate chamber.
A court official told The Associated Press the appeals process was likely to take three to four weeks once the formal paperwork was submitted.
However, there is no time limit for the appellate court to rule on the appeal.
Once the court does reach a decision, if the sentences are upheld, they must be carried out in 30 days.
Originally posted by makeitso
Perhaps to those living in countries where due process is the normal course of life, this trial may have seemed a sham, or to have a preset verdict, but for the some of the Iraqi people, the outcome did not seem so concrete.
They were not sure that Saddam would be found guilty, or they worried that he may somehow come back to power. Now that the verdict has been handed down it seems to represent a turning point in their minds. Reassuring them that for the first time in that region those in power can be held directly responsible for their actions, even imposing the death penalty.
It also sends a message to the the present Iraqi government, and the entire region. You could wind up with a rope around your neck. A rope put there by your own people, if you don't play nice with them. That's a good thing isn't it?
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Originally posted by jsobecky
So, it's 30 days to file, followed by who knows how much time, followed by another 30 days, max.
the Anfal trial against Saddam will continue while the appeals court considers the verdict of death against him in the Dujail case.
If the appeals court upholds the death sentence against Saddam in the Dujail case and the sentence is ratified, all other cases against him would cease, and he would be hanged within 30 days.
A glance at what's next after Saddam Hussein's sentencing