Saddam Pleads Innocent To War Crimes Charges He Committed With US Aid.
Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein pleaded not guilty as his war crimes trial began in Baghdad on Wednesday. Saddam was defiant saying, “I preserve my constitutional rights as the president of Iraq. I do not recognize the body that has authorized you and I don’t recognize this aggression.” Saddam went on to say that “I do not respond to this so-called court, with all due respect.”
The trail have been criticized by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch because the proceedings have failed to meet international standards.
Hussein is facing charges that he executed 143 Shiite Iraqis from Dujail in July of 1982, after the villagers made an attempt on Hussein’s life. Less than a year and half later, Hussein met with US envoy Donald Rumsfeld.