French Saddam lawyer slates 'Stone Age' Iraqi law

1st July 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 30 (AFP) - A French lawyer on Saddam Hussein's defence team on Wednesday called the Iraqi penal code "Stone Age" legislation and said it was ill-suited to address the ousted Iraqi president's case.

PARIS, June 30 (AFP) - A French lawyer on Saddam Hussein's defence team on Wednesday called the Iraqi penal code "Stone Age" legislation and said it was ill-suited to address the ousted Iraqi president's case.

"Iraqi penal procedure dates back to the Stone Age, and the 1969 penal code, taken up again by the Americans and therefore still in effect, did not foresee a situation like the one we're in now," Emmanuel Ludot told AFP.

"The death penalty existed for common law crimes, and a gap in the law still exists as to how it can be applied," he explained.

"We fear a legislation of circumstance: the goal is obviously to execute Saddam Hussein as quickly as possible. The proof is the re-establishment of the death penalty, aimed at condemning him to die."

Ludot was speaking after Iraq's interim government took legal custody of Saddam and 11 top members of his ousted regime earlier on Wednesday from the US-led military.

Iraqi President Sheikh Ghazi al-Yawar said in an interview published on Wednesday in the Arabic-language daily Asharq al-Awsat that his government had approved the reinstatement of the death penalty.

He added that the decision would be formally announced in the "near future".

The head of Saddam's 20-strong defence team, Jordanian lawyer Mohammed Rashdan, charged Wednesday that the Iraqi judicial authorities who took legal custody of the ousted president were illegal, a point echoed by Ludot.

Saddam's wife and three daughters appointed the legal team following the ousted leader's capture by US troops in Iraq in December.

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