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Witness In Saddam Trial Says "Victims Not Dead"

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posted on May, 30 2006 @ 10:31 AM
In the Sadam trial, a witness not named, gave testimony that the 148 people executed by Saddam were not executed at all. He said that some of them are still alive. He says the survivors fled after the assassination attempt on Saddams life back in 1982. They recently came back to iraq after Saddam was over thrown.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A witness for Saddam Hussein appeared to dispute prosecution allegations that 148 people were executed after a failed assassination bid in 1982, telling the court on Tuesday that some of them were still alive.

"Some of the people, who it was said at the time were executed because of their role in the assassination attempt against Saddam, came back to Iraq after the American occupation," he said. "Some of them came from Iran, others came with American tanks," he added.

One of the defense lawyers told the court one of their witnesses had been killed a few days ago but did not elaborate. Another defense witness, a former guard of the toppled leader, said he was wounded when gunmen opened fire at Saddam's 25-car convoy near Dujail.

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This is a very interesting development. The fact that many of the suppose executed actually fled would not work well in prosecuting Saddam. This would mean his acts did not kill nearly as many people. One of the main problems people have had with Saddam is this execution. If it turns out that many actually fled rather then died, this would certainly make things look that much worse for the prosecution.

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posted on Jun, 5 2006 @ 11:35 AM

This would mean his acts did not kill nearly as many people

Is there really any doubt that this guy ordered the deaths of masses of his own people????

posted on Jun, 5 2006 @ 11:38 AM
Exactly, this guy killed thousands, a few survivors does not detract from that fact.

posted on Jun, 5 2006 @ 11:56 AM
What ever happened to democracy and liberty giving us the rule of law? I hear the Marines are automatically guilty/innocent, Saddam is either automatically guilty/innocent. Why bother even having trials anymore? Have we totally lost faith in our government to give someone a fair trial, to reach a just conclusion, that we just don't care what the court of law says, only the court of popular opinion?

Does the governemnet try to sway opinion form the facts, when it comes to these high-profile cases?

posted on Jun, 5 2006 @ 12:02 PM
regardless to wether not or people survived his reign of terror, the fact still remains that he slaughtered thousands while he was president.

1 question i have though i was recently told from someone that technically sadam is still president of iraq, because noone but his people have the right to over throw him/ is this true?
cos technically his people didnt overthrow him we as in the UK and US did, so did we commit a war crime?just a thought,

i think this man deserves the death sentance for all the death and suffering he caused and hopefully he'll get it but somehow im not fully convinced justice will be done in this case

posted on Jun, 5 2006 @ 07:52 PM
According to Yah They have now arrested several of the witnesses for perjury.

If you stop and think about it, it actually makes sense that Saddam or someone working on his behalf would have tried to get people to lie for him, since it would appear there is no other way out for him.

posted on Jun, 7 2006 @ 10:45 AM

Originally posted by curme
Why bother even having trials anymore?

The Saddam trial, like the nuremberg trials, were show trials. They were a process by which the victims and those involved in the war could try to restore that thin veneer of civilization which the people on trial had destroyed.

Also, honestly, just flat out honestly, do you really think that a trial is necessary to show that Saddam Hussein gassed his own civilians? That he attacked the Swamp Arabs? That he is guilty of mass murder??? Do you honestly think that there were people beneath him that were doing all these things and he was just incapable of saying anything to stop it????

In some cases, its pretty clear what happened. Its clear that the nazis committed mass murder, its clear that hussein did. As far as the marines, yes, a trial is necessary. As far as people under hussein, sure, we don't know who did what, specifically. But is there really any doubt that hitler, hussein, Milosovic, were just innocent bystanders??

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