Iraq to establish human rights tribunal

15 December 2003
Authorities in Iraq on 9 December voted to establish a special tribunal for prosecuting former members of the Baath Party and Saddam Hussein's regime. Many of those who will be tried will be the 55 senior officials and 'inner circle' regime members on the US' most wanted deck of cards, which was issued to forces operating in Iraq.

Iraqi interim Governing Council (GC) member, Mowaffaq al-Rubaie, told AFP late on 9 December that the GC had agreed on the creation of the 'Iraqi penal tribunal', which would focus on crimes against humanity. 'These crimes include those committed against the Islamic Republic of Iran, against the state of Kuwait and against the Arab, Kurd, Turkmen, Assyrian, Shia and Sunni sons of the Iraqi people for the period from 17 July 1968, until 1 May of this year,' said Al-Rubaie.

The announcement of the tribunal came hours after the GC dismissed the governor of Babylon Province, accusing him of being a senior member of the Baath Party. Iskander Jawad Watoot was fired by the High Committee for de-Baathification, led by the head of the Iraqi National Congress (INC), Ahmed Chalabi.

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