The Poisoned Chalice

A Human Rights Watch Briefing Paper on the Decision of the Iraqi High Tribunal in the Dujail Case

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The Dujail trial, which concluded on July 27, 2006, concerned crimes that occurred in the aftermath of an assassination attempt against then-President Saddam Hussein in Dujail in July 1982. Saddam Hussein and three others were found guilty of crimes against humanity and executed after the trial chamber’s judgment was affirmed on appeal in December 2006. This 34-page briefing paper documents factual and legal errors in the judgment.
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