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UN not likely to support Iraqi Special Tribunal

[JURIST] A UN spokesman said Friday that the United Nations is not likely to lend personnel or other support to the Iraqi Special Tribunal set up to try Saddam Hussein and other members of his regime. UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric cited several issues the world body has with the Tribunal, including the latter's authorization of the death penalty and a lack of any mandate for action from UN members. The UN also questions whether its officials, especially those involved in the operation of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia at The Hague, should also be involved in the establishment of and participation in a Tribunal that is not a UN body. The UN is also concerned about the ability of the Tribunal to meet international standards of fairness. The UN has more. Meanwhile, preparations are underway for the training of the Iraqi judges and prosecutors who will try Saddam Hussein and eleven of his leading officials. Members of the Tribunal attended seminars in London last week and are receiving training on international law by experts from the US and Britain. In July, Saddam was charged with killing rival politicians, gassing the Kurds (1988), invading Kuwait (1990) and suppressing Kurdish and Shiite uprisings (1991), among other charges. BBC News has more on the charges.

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