posted on Nov, 3 2004 @ 08:49 PM
Nov. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Evidence that may be ``crucial'' in the trial of ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has probably been lost or
``seriously'' tainted because U.S.-led forces failed to secure official documents and mass graves in Iraq, Human Rights Watch said in an e-mailed
In the weeks and months following the March 2003 invasion, thousands of state papers documenting criminal policies and practices during Hussein's
rule were stolen, according to the report. People looking for relatives who disappeared while Hussein was in power have dug up remains in some of the
250 mass graves, tainting forensic evidence, the report said.
``U.S. and Iraqi authorities were aware that these documents and remains would be crucial to the prosecution of Saddam Hussein and other former
officials, but they did little to safeguard them,'' said Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of the Middle East and North Africa division of the
New York-based group.
Is this a surprise to anyone? I wonder how long the US will hold Sadam, and whar eventual charges will bring him to trial. The longer he is held, more
evidence can be found, but I wonder if it will ever get that far. I think it far more likely that he will die of some "natural cause:!