Friday, August 01, 2003

The United States has plans to create a special tribunal composed of Iraqi judges to try Saddam Hussein for crimes against humanity if he is captured, State Department officials and administration legal advisers said Thursday.

"We're looking for an Iraqi-led process to deal with these abuses," a senior State Department official said. "It's important that we bring ownership of these matters to the Iraqi people."...

Merritt said the judges could be chosen from the several who were dismissed or exiled while Saddam controlled Iraq. He said a principal proposal was for a three-judge panel of newly reinstalled jurists.

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