BOUGHT OFF! SADDAM TRIAL JUDGE GOES SOFT.
Looks like the judge in Saddam's genocide trial has been compromised. Now this idiot is saying that Saddam was never a dictator. That it was actually only the "people around him" that made him look like a dictator. What a dick. I guarantee that either this guy has been bought off or his family has been threatened with death if Saddam is found guilty. What a sad joke. Now I almost wish this trial was taking place in the Hague...
The chief judge in Saddam Hussein's genocide trial said Thursday that he does not believe Saddam was a dictator.
Judge Abdullah al-Amiri made the remark in a friendly exchange with the deposed leader, a day after the prosecution said the judge should step down because he is biased toward the defense. Saddam and his co-defendants are being tried on charges of committing atrocities against Kurds in northern Iraq nearly two decades ago.
Questioning a Kurdish witness Thursday, Saddam said, "I wonder why this man wanted to meet with me, if I am a dictator?"
The judge interrupted: "You were not a dictator. People around you made you (look like) a dictator."
"Thank you," Saddam responded, bowing his head in respect.
Al-Amiri heads the five-judge panel that oversees the trial and will deliver the verdict. A Shiite Muslim in his mid-50s, he has been a judge for 25 years, serving a substantial portion of that time under Saddam's regime.
UPDATE! The Iraqi government apparantly didn't take to kindly to these remarks either. This judge has been now been replaced...
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