Williamson also spoke about the process for dealing with former members of Saddam Hussein’s regime. ‘There is a broad consensus that crimes against the Iraqi people be handled by the Iraqi people,’ he said. ‘Prosecution involving crimes on a large scale will mobilise the system for years, so we need to set up some sort of special arrangements to deal with it.’ However, Washington has made clear that it wants any Iraqis accused of war crimes against Americans to be tried by the US, rejecting calls for the establishment of an independent tribunal along the lines of those set up after the conflicts in Yugoslavia and Rwanda. The Bush administration complains that the process is too long and expensive. Such courts also have no power to impose the death penalty.