Monday, October 10, 2005

Saddam Hussein's trial to begin next week

For those who can't wait any longer, Washington Times reports:

BAGHDAD -- In fewer than 10 days, Saddam Hussein will stand in the especially built courtroom where he will face the families of those he killed. A source close to the Iraqi Special Tribunal said yesterday that the much-feared dictator and seven of his underlings will be brought before a five-judge panel Oct. 19 to answer to charges of crimes against humanity.

If found guilty, Saddam could face the death penalty, either by hanging or by firing squad.

Those standing in the dock will include Barzan Ibrahim al-Hassan al-Tikriti, Saddam's half-brother and intelligence chief; Taha Yassin Ramadan, a former vice president; and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, formerly a Ba'ath party official in Dujail.

The trial opens just four days after a national referendum on Iraq's new constitution and after months of sectarian violence and bombings, which have left hundreds dead and maimed across the country. Iraqi and U.S. forces have strengthened security across the nation in anticipation of the two events...

This also is interesting news:

Benigni Says: “Bon Journo, Saddam Hussein!”:

Roberto Benigni has a way with words, and he’ll be putting them to use in a new anti-war film. The Oscar Winning actor-director plans to tell the world how he feels about the situation in Iraq in La Tigre e la Neve (The Tiger and Snow), to be released in Italy next week and the U.S. by December.

Appropriately, the story is a romantic comedy filled with Benigni’s slapstick style, the same way he told the story of the Holocaust with a twinkle in his eye through Life is Beautiful. He plays an Italian poet, Attilio, who follows his love, Vittoria, played by real-life wife Nicoletta Braschi, who happens to be in Iraq just as the American-war begins.