دوشنبه ۸ خرداد ۱۳۹۶ تهران ۲۲:۲۱
TRIAL: Iran and Saddam Trial: Three Views
In today’s RadioFarda Roundtable, produced by broadcaster Amir-Mosaddegh Katouzian, three commentators review Iran’s reaction to the omission of the 1980-88 war from the official list of Saddam Hussein’s crimes. In preparing Saddam Hussein’s indictment, they appear to have acted selectively. Saddam’s eight-year war against Iran and the atrocities of that war were omitted, Tehran University’s international relations professor Davoud Hermidas-Bavand says. A selective approach would damage the credibility of the court, he adds.
Saddam’s trial is an opportunity for the Iranian government to begin a new international campaign to make its grievances over the Iran-Iraq war heard, and prepare the grounds for receiving reparations from Iraq, Paris-based activist and commentator Ahmad Salamatian says. But Iranian government’s success in this campaign depends on its ability to accept the framework of a legal proceeding, he adds.
I am worried that instead of raising its voice to be heard, the Iranian government will deal with the matter with despair and silence and compromise, spokesman of the society for defense of press freedoms Mashallah Shamsolvaezin says. Considering such powers as the US and Britain who are active in this scene and Iran’s own international stance, some officials may believe that Iran would have no chance for winning its case against Saddam, he adds.