Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Americans ' tortured me ' Saddam claims

Saddam Hussein has been beaten and tortured by the Americans, he has alleged at his trial in Baghdad. "I have been beaten on every place of my body, and the signs are all over my body," he told the court.

A White House spokesman dismissed the accusation, calling it "preposterous", AFP news agency reported. Saddam Hussein is on trial over the killing of 148 people in the Iraqi Shia village of Dujail in 1982. He denies responsibility for the deaths.

Several times during his outburst, the sound feed to the television coverage being seen across Iraq was muted, the BBC's Quil Lawrence reports from Baghdad.

This has been seen as an attempt to keep Saddam Hussein from upstaging the testimony of the witnesses who claimed today that they were tortured at the hands of the former regime, he says.

The prosecution gave little credence to the former president's claim he had been tortured, saying he was being held in an air-conditioned room when some of Baghdad had no power.

Chief prosecutor Jaafar Mousawi said the claims would be investigated and that he would ask for Saddam Hussein to be transferred to Iraqi custody if there was any truth to them.

Iraq's former leader had appeared to accept the court proceedings in the morning after boycotting an earlier sitting, calling the court "unjust". But late in the afternoon, he delivered a lengthy, rambling statement in which he claimed he and his co-defendants had been abused by their American jailers.

Watch a video of events in the court today including Saddam making this claim Here . (Video from the BBC , windows media player required)

Source : BBC


Blogger Daniel said...

Ironically, what goes around comes around.

December 21, 2005 9:08 pm  
Blogger Gary Freedman said...

Try him, then hang him.

December 21, 2005 9:24 pm  
Blogger Beef Jerky said...

i know everybody should be given a fair trial but in his case, i think he deserves to be tortured, more than that i guess.

December 21, 2005 11:29 pm  
Blogger DJEB said...

Were he really tortured, I don't think we'll ever know; but support for such action, tacit or otherwise, means that the supporter is no better than torturers like Saddam himself.

Gary, were you "in a "dark place," psychologically" when you expressed your desire for death? I certainly didn't see much "exquisite... sensitiv[ity]" or "hung[er] for love" in your comment.

December 22, 2005 1:54 am  
Blogger _H_ said...

ah , some sense at last , thankyou Djeb for moving beyond mob mentality

December 22, 2005 2:21 am  
Blogger DJEB said...

We ahve to forgive Gary. He claims to have a "severe mental illness"

December 22, 2005 2:25 am  
Blogger DJEB said...

"have," that is.

December 22, 2005 2:25 am  
Blogger starbender said...

He's lucky he still has a breath!
Why is he even still alive?

December 22, 2005 8:21 am  
Blogger DJEB said...

Yet another one hungry for death.

December 22, 2005 9:19 am  

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