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Saddam should not face death penalty: Annan

December 16, 2003 09:33 IST

United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has said captured Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein should not face the death penalty at his trial, which he said must meet international standards.

"This should be done through open trials in properly established courts of law which will respect basic international norms and standards, including respect for international humanitarian law," Annan said.

"The UN does not support the death penalty and all the courts we've set up have not included the death penalty. So as secretary general and the UN as an organisation are not going to now turn around and support the death penalty."

Iraq's US-appointed Governing Council last week adopted a measure to set up a special tribunal to try members of Saddam's former regime for war crimes, and some members said Saddam could face the death penalty.

The United Nations has established a tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, where former Belgrade leader Slobodan Milosevic is now being tried, and another to handle the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

It has also set up a permanent war crimes tribunal, which is strongly opposed by the United States.

Annan said that a UN role in any future trial of Saddam was 'not on the table for the moment'.


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Number of User Comments: 8

Sub: where is justice?

kofi annan,and the UN are supposed to be preachers of world justice, but where is the justice, if they saw bush and his america leading ...

Posted by sammy

Sub: It is for the people of Iraq to decide what to do to Saddam.

While Kofi's humanistic approach is indeed appreciable Saddam belongs to Iraq and it is the prerogative of the Iraqi people to decide what to do ...

Posted by chanakya

Sub: Don't Kill

America shouldn't Kill Saddam. C'mon they got what they wanted. They have no right to kill him

Posted by Srini

Sub: Open Trial for Sadam

Sadam Hussain having lost everything dear to him all his and all his three sons in the battle is now a totally battered and reduced ...

Posted by M.Ramachandra

Sub: Trial for Saddam - why not for America and its President

It is not justified that Saddam has been caprured and would be tried for what he had done with iraqi people. Let the Iraqi people ...

Posted by Rajesh


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