HL Deb 10 February 2004 vol 656 cc145-6WA
Lord Morris of Manchester

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What legal proceedings can be expected against Saddam Hussein; what timescale is likely to be involved; and by whom these decisions will be made. [HL1116]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean

We expect Saddam Hussein to face prosecution before the Special Tribunal, which the Governing Council established to prosecute senior members of the former regime. He would be tried by Iraqi judges, although the statute of the Special Tribunal includes provision for expert international involvement. It will be for the Iraqi judicial system to determine the timescale of the trial.