It was reported on Thursday that Libya will erect a statue of Saddam Hussein.
With Hussein’s assassination resembling a vendetta by one group towards another, it’s easy to understand that some will see the former Iraqi president as a martyr and Libya’s statue may not be the last to be erected. As it stands, Hussein was convicted at a questionable trial, with significant procedural inconsistencies. Other trials may have been initiated, and could have been handled better. After all, the Dujail trial convicted Saddam Hussein for his involvement of 148 deaths in the city of Dujail. By most historical accounts, the former president is responsible for many more innocent deaths, counting in the hundreds of thousands if not more.
With the hasty assassination of last Friday, other trials are no longer an option in terms of rectifying the shortcomings of the first trial. While Saddam Hussein may still be tried posthumously, he will no longer be available to defend himself.
Also, his legal defense on the eve of his death is sure to make more appearances. Why was he not considered a Prisoner of War (POW) and not tried by Iraq’s invaders (and occupiers), the US and Britain?
In fact, this question may even be asked by US officials, who are likely realizing that the new Iraqi government is showing signs of incompetence. Prime Minister Maliki certainly initiated an investigation into the handling of Hussein’s hanging, but he also did not look see to it that the death sentence be carried out professionally. After all, Iraq had 30 days to put the sentence into effect, which means that Maliki’s government would have well into January to properly prepare the hanging. With a US judge refusing to accept the POW defense, Iraqâ€™s government quickly assassinated its former president.
Dmitri Marine blogs on Blogue North