A Collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh

Iraqi tribunal insists Saddam trial judge not seeking UK asylum

[JURIST] The Iraqi judge responsible for sentencing Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] to death is not seeking political asylum in Great Britain, according to the Iraqi High Tribunal [official website] Sunday. Judge Rauf Rasheed Abdel-Rahman [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] has been in London since December but reportedly confirmed to the tribunal that he does not intend to apply for asylum for himself or his family, despite a Friday Aljazeera TV report to the contrary.

In November 2006 Abdel-Rahman, a Kurd, sentenced Hussein to death [JURIST report] for crimes against humanity committed in the town of Dujail in 1982. Hussein was executed [JURIST report] on December 30. AFP has more.

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.