Friday, March 09, 2007

Saddam's Judge Flees Iraq - Seeks Asylum

Presiding judge in Saddam's trial seeking British asylum
Sat, 10 Mar 2007 03:36:46

The Iraqi judge who sentenced Saddam Hussein to death for crimes against humanity has fled to Britain where he is seeking political asylum, Al Jazeera has reported.

Presiding judge Rauf Rasheed Abdel Rahman has applied for asylum for both himself and his family in the past few days, Abdel Rahman had been in Britain since December on a tourist visa.

A spokeswoman for Britain's Interior Ministry declined to comment on the case.

"We won't comment on individual cases. We won't confirm or deny whether someone has claimed asylum in the UK," she said.

Raouf Abdel-Rahman, a member of Iraq's Kurdish minority, has requested political asylum in Britain with his family, the report added.

Abdel-Rahman headed the Supreme Iraq Criminal Tribunal that heard Saddam's genocide trial and found him guilty, leading to his execution.

Saddam, who was put to death in December, was found guilty of killing more than a hundred Shiite Iraqis in the village of Dujail following a failed assassination attempt on him.

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