Up to Iraqis to decide Saddam’s fate, says Abdullah

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 16 Dec 2003

PUTRAJAYA: The people of Iraq should be given the right to decide on the manner and procedure of bringing Saddam Hussein to face justice, said Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. 

The Prime Minister said Saddam must be given a fair trial in accordance with the standards of international law. 

He said Malaysia viewed Saddam's capture as a significant development which was likely to have an important impact on the situation in Iraq. 

“Malaysia calls on all parties concerned to take advantage of this development and dedicate themselves to the cause of bringing back stability and normalcy to Iraq and promote reconciliation among the Iraqi people. 

“This should be the priority so as to enable the reconstruction of Iraq to begin in earnest. 

“The people of Iraq deserve not only to be provided with economic and social development but also be given back their honour and dignity, including the return of political and judicial power to them,” he said in a statement. 

The coalition forces in Iraq captured Saddam in Tikrit on Saturday. He is now in the custody of the US at an undisclosed location. 

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said Malaysia hoped there would be stability in Iraq that could lead to a peaceful era in the Middle East. 

“A new era has emerged and with this we hope for justice and a democratic and an independent government for the Iraqis,” he told reporters at Wisma Putra. 

He said an election in Iraq should be held as soon as possible and the United Nations be given the main role to oversee the developments in the country. 

Syed Hamid said the United States should concentrate on bringing peace between Palestine and Israel. 

“Malaysia is of the view that all conflicts be solved through dialogues and discussions,” he said after chairing a dialogue on international issues with foreign scholars, academicians and media representatives. 

International Movement for a Just World president Dr Chandra Muzaffar said a trial for Saddam “must include all his crimes against humanity, including those that he committed with the connivance of Washington and London”. 

He said it was an established fact that Saddam received not only vital intelligence from Washington and London but also technical and military assistance from them and a number of other countries. 

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