The President of Iraq should be released
By Carsten Kofoed, Spokesman of the Danish Committee for a Free Iraq, October 19, 2005
The trial against Saddam Hussein is illegal because it is a product of the war, which was illegal according to international law. International law requires that every criminal court be competent, independent and impartial. The Iraqi Special Tribunal lacks all of these qualities. It has not been established according to a valid law, but by the occupying power. It is not independent and impartial because its judges have been appointed by the Governing Council, which was set up by the US in July 2003.
That the American war criminals judge the legitimate President of Iraq has nothing to do with justice for the Iraqi people. This justice can only be achieved in a free Iraq with national reconciliation on the agenda. The “trial” does not contribute to that – on the contrary.
The show trial is being used propagandistically in order to justify the bloody and illegal occupation and for blackmailing the Resistance of which the patriot Saddam Hussein is a part. He and the other political prisoners in Iraq should be released at once, while the Western oil robbers should get out of Iraq immediately and unconditionally.
Sent as a comment (150 words maximum) to the Danish press on October 19, 2005.
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