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As tempting as it might be for an international tribunal of judges to blast the cruel legacy of Saddam Hussein before the eyes of an approving world, a rushed and strident show trial does not serve the interest of justice, declared retired British military lawyer Charles Garraway. Delivering the 77th Brendan F. Brown Lecture, “The Trial of Saddam Hussein — Victor’s Justice,” Garraway said meaningful justice can only be meted out by Iraqis themselves, according to their own laws and procedures. Thus, preparations are moving slowly as prosecutors insist on getting the trial right as a matter of law and civil procedure. “We’re playing for high stakes,” he said. The deposed dictator is facing a simple three-count indictment that charges him with, among other things, wasting the country’s wealth and natural resources and abusing his position as military leader.

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