[T]he lack of independence and impartiality of the tribunal, which heard the case, the lack of respect for his right to have adequate time and facilities to prepare his defense, the restrictions on his right to access to defense lawyers and on the possibility to obtain the attendance and examination of witnesses on his behalf.
The group has not called for Hussein's release but has instead suggested that the governments of Iraq and the US consider a retrial of the former dictator before an international panel.
The group's comments echo those in a Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] report [text; JURIST report] released last week which called the trial "fundamentally unfair." The UN group is comprised of five human rights lawyers and independent legal experts. Reuters has more.
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