The Daily Bork

June 13, 2005

Send us your dictators, murderers, war criminals...

Hussein lawyer wants trial in neutral state

"We invite the Iraqi government and the prosecutors to hold this trial, if there is to be a trial, not in Iraq where it's not safe to hold the trial, but to hold it either in the Hague or in Sweden or in Austria or even in Switzerland," British-based lawyer Giovanni di Stefano said.

Because anyone with a grudge will find it much harder to get him in heavily defended Sweden, as opposed to getting through military security at some Iraqi site. Huh?

"I would favour Sweden more than any other country - where we are likely, more than not, a: to obtain a fair trial, and b: in the unlikely event that our client is tried and convicted, he can go straight to a detention centre in Sweden," he told the Swedish public television station SVT.

I know as a lawyer you need to talk the talk, but really. A Swedish detention centre? That'd be where he gets to while away his days in comparative comfort and safety? Exactly why?

Swedish Prime Minister Goran Persson has said Saddam, 68, could be allowed to serve a prison sentence in militarily non-aligned Sweden, which opposed the US-led invasion that toppled Saddam.

But then Göran Persson of militarily non-aligned Sweden (aka benefitting from NATO protection without coughing up the dough) is a patronising weasel.

Former Serbian president Biljana Plavsic is serving an 11-year prison sentence in Sweden after being convicted as a war criminal.

Oh lord, what one Earth is this country thinking? Do the crime, do the time, in the country you screwed over.


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