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   Justices Say Iraqis Alone Must Set Country's Fate, Determine Saddam's Fate

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5/15/2004 12:00 am

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Associated Press

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Entered 5/15/2004, Updated 5/15/2004

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Justices Say Iraqis Alone Must Set Country's Fate, Determine Saddam's Fate The Honolulu Advertiser Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Anthony M. Kennedy said Thursday that Iraqis alone must determine the right way to mete out justice to the country's former leaders. The justices were among a panel of international legal experts who met with 28 Iraqi judges in the Netherlands last week. The subject of detainee abuse did not come up, the justices said, but the way to handle deposed leader Saddam Hussein and other former Iraqi leaders did. "The people of Iraq and certainly the judges there will have to come to grips in time with what to do about the former regime and leaders in it and whether some should be held criminally accountable for past crimes and, if so, where do you draw the line," O'Connor said. The conference included the most senior judge in Britain and the head of a U.N. war crimes tribunal. Most of the Iraqi judges at the meeting already preside over domestic courts, and some are potential candidates for seats on an Iraqi supreme court to be created under a new constitution.


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