Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Tribunal Hopes to Charge Saddam This Month

Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said yesterday he expects the United States to hand over Saddam Hussein to his government, along with hundreds of other prisoners, during the next two weeks.

"The current detainees, without exception, will all be handed to the Iraqi authority. The handover will take place within the next two weeks. Saddam and the others will be handed over to the Iraqis, to the government," Allawi said.

Allawi continued, saying: "The trial [of Saddam] will start as soon as possible. The handover will happen in the most transparent way. Saddam will be handed over to the Iraqi government."

The announcement has sparked intense press speculation as to how Saddam's transfer to Iraqi control will take place. It is believed Saddam is now being kept under tight security by U.S. forces at the American regional military base in Qatar.