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WAR: Saddam in Court Today

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posted on Jul, 1 2004 @ 06:02 AM
The former leader of Iraq is appearing in court today to hear charges against him, it will be the first time Hussein will be able to speak in public since he was captured months ago.

Saddam Story

From Original SourceSaddam was led from an armored bus escorted by two Iraqi prison guards and ushered through a door guarded by six more Iraqi policemen, according to CNN, which had a pool reporter monitoring the hearing. The bus was escorted by four humvees and an ambulance.

Salem Chalabi, the director of the Iraqi Special Tribunal, said beforehand that Saddam would face a single judge in Thursday's session, which is expected to take place in or around Baghdad International Airport.

[edit on 7-1-2004 by Valhall]

posted on Jul, 1 2004 @ 06:44 AM
A defiant Saddam appeared in court who rejected all charges and calling President Bush the criminal.


BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A defiant and downcast Saddam Hussein rejected charges against him as he appeared before an Iraqi judge today, telling the court "this is all theater, the real criminal is Bush," a CNN pool report said.

Saddam's hands were cuffed when he was brought into court for the arraignment, which lasted about 30 minutes. The cuffs were taken off when he went in.

"I am Saddam Hussein, the president of Iraq," the CNN pool reporter quoted Saddam as saying.

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posted on Jul, 1 2004 @ 07:40 AM
They're showing him on Fox News now.
He looks totally different.

posted on Jul, 1 2004 @ 08:22 AM
Another related story with fresh photos

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - A defiant Saddam Hussein rejected charges of war crimes and genocide against him in a court appearance Thursday, telling a judge "this is all theater, the real criminal is Bush," according to a reporter in an official media pool.

Saddam's hands were cuffed when he was brought to the court but the shackles were removed for the 30-minute arraignment at Camp Victory, a former Saddam palace on the outskirts of Baghdad.

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posted on Jul, 1 2004 @ 09:08 AM
I am still not convinced this is really Saddam. What's with the beard? He usually would have, at the most, a moustache as far as I remember. Keep in mind that this guy had many a body-double.

Also, his eyes are too beady in this court picture. Saddam Hussein's eyes were much bolder, and his face was rounder. Compare the photo above with:

posted on Jul, 1 2004 @ 09:16 AM
If I was a Saddam impersonator and I was caught and held in prison. I think I might come out and say, "The jokes up, I am not really Saddam. I am Warbucks and I was paid $20 to trick you all. I guess the jokes on you, huh?"

Well, I totally believe this is the real guy. Sure he looks different, but definately the same guy.

I believe the beard has to do with Islam.

[edit on 1-7-2004 by WarBUCKs]

posted on Jul, 1 2004 @ 09:20 AM
If this was the fake Saddam and you where captured for 6 months with no contact, why even go to court where you will most likely get executed? Maybe to let the real Saddam live in secrecy? I doubt that.

For the beard, it may have to do with Islam, but I personally belive its there to help soften his image. With him looking differnt, like that, he's not the easily recongizable dictator with the moustache. Its a pyschological effect.

posted on Jul, 1 2004 @ 09:51 AM
I'm sure it's the real Saddam - they did DNA tests right after they nabbed him. And I'm sure that our intel forces, as maligned as they may be, have collected enough cigar stubs over the years to verify the DNA.

FOX News also stated that the French are putting together a team of lawyers to aid in his defense. So much for allies...

The Iraqi judicial system will have to offically reinstate the death penalty before the trial, also. It has been suspended since the CPA took over.


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