Iraqi Judge who presided over Saddam Hussein’s trial passes away

Lahore, 4th April: Retired Justice Mohammed Arabi Al-Khalifa has died of the coronavirus in Iraq.

According to Baaghi TV’s report, Al-Khalifa was the head of the trial against former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

In Iraq, the Supreme Judicial Council said on Friday that the 52-year-old former judge was fighting for his life against the COVID-19 virus in a Baghdad hospital.

As per reports, Al-Khalifa received his law degree from Baghdad University in 1992. He was appointed as a judge in 2000.

Judge Muhammad Arabi Al-Khalifa rose to prominence in August 2004 after being appointed as a judge in a trial against Saddam Hussein and his government.

He later became a senior judge in a case of genocide against Saddam Hussein.

Saddam Hussein’s cousin Ali Hassan al-Majid alias Ali Chemical and five other suspects were also involved in the case. All were accused of playing a role in the bloody campaign against the Kurds during 1987-88.

The prosecution claimed that about 1.8 million people would be killed during the campaign. Among them were many civilians who died from poison gas.

As a result of this trial, Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death. This decision was implemented on December 30, 2006.

Al-Khalifa also kicked former President Saddam out of the courtroom several times during the trial. The move came after an exchange of harsh and provocative words between Saddam and the caliph.

At a hearing, the caliph ordered that Saddam be held in solitary confinement for several days.

A statement from the Iraqi Judicial Council praised his character and said he had shown courage in prosecuting Saddam Hussein and the former government.

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