HL Deb 10 February 2005 vol 669 c128WA
Lord Hylton

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the court to be constructed to try Saddam Hussein will be capable of trying other persons. [HL1172]

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean)

We expect that Saddam Hussein will be tried before the Iraqi Special Tribunal, which is part of the Iraqi criminal justice system and is composed of senior Iraqi judges. The tribunal was established to try members of the former regime accused of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and certain other serious crimes under existing Iraqi law including the manipulation of the judiciary, squandering public resources and the threat 1r use of force against other Arab states. It is a matter for the Iraqi judiciary to decide precisely who should be brought before which court.