Public feeling has run high since the start of Saddam Hussein’s trial, and now opinion is divided. There are those who think Saddam is officially a prisoner of war and should be dealt with accordingly. While others say the former president is being treated too leniently.
“Saddam Hussein, the deposed president, is considered a prisoner of war. So he should be sent to another country and put under house arrest. In this way, the trial would be fair”, said one man asked as part of a straw poll.
“We demand the judge be decisive and strict and his decisions should be strong as Saddam and his aides are seen violating the rules of court and no one deters them.”, replied another, when asked the same question.
Meanwhile, some of the most coherent and chilling testimonies have been heard in court.
Accounts of torture, electric shocks and beatings were given by three men allegedly held in Saddam’s jails following a failed assassination attempt in the 1980s.
But Saddam retorted with claims that he himself had been beaten while in US custody. Those are claims the White House subsequently dismissed as “preposterous”.