Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Saddam to be handed over tomorrow

Iraqi interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi announced today that "Saddam Hussein along with up to 11 other high value detainees will be transferred into the legal custody of Iraq tomorrow. They will be afforded rights that were denied by the former regime." This apparently includes the right to defend themselves. However, he will physically remain in a US-run jail until Iraqi security is ready to take custody. In any case, he will not face trial for several months.

I also read an unconfirmed report that Dr. Allawi had said that elections would be held by January 2nd, well ahead of the January 31st deadline specified in the interim constitution.

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