Ousted Iraqi leader, Saddam Hussein, will not face trial until Iraq is in the hands of Iraqis, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell told Australian television on Monday. It will take until at least July 2004 for the case to be prepared against the former Iraqi president, Powell told Australian Broadcasting Corp. television.
"I think (the trial is) best to be done after Iraqis have sovereignty in their own country after July 1," Powell
declared. "It will take at least that long to bring all the
charges together and for the Iraqis to do it in a correct
Powell said Saddam was trying to protect himself by
cooperating as little as possible with his US interrogators.
"I can't say he's being cooperative. He realizes that he
will be facing trial, he realizes the difficulties that
he's in and what's facing him. So he's trying to protect
himself," Powell said. (Albawaba.com)
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