Follow international rules in Hussein case

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 21 December, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 21 December, 2003, 12:00am

It is necessary that Iraq's ex-president Saddam Hussein is tried by an international court, as in the case of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague. Why is it that the United States is not willing to do that? Is the present US government afraid they might be placed in such a court for their massive and unwarranted aggression in Iraq?

Following the ICTY trial, more detailed laws will be available to be invoked as precedents. This would be on top of the legalities following the Nuremberg trials after the second world war and the ongoing prosecution of former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic.

It is necessary to confirm that Saddam Hussein is a war prisoner whose treatment respects the rules established by the Geneva Accords, that the trial must be managed by the United Nations; the death sentence must be excluded.

We also ask for the withdrawal of the occupying troops and their substitution with a multinational force under UN command, to reconstruct the country with fair methods and to bring Iraq to free elections as soon as possible.

TONY HENDERSON, chairman, Humanist Association of Hong Kong