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Venezuela Demands US Officials Face Justice For War Crimes January 3, 2007

Posted by notapundit in US News, World News.
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CARACAS (AP)–The Venezuelan government demanded Wednesday that officials from the Bush administration also face justice, like Saddam Hussein did, for alleged crimes in Iraq.

In its first official response to the hanging of the deposed Iraqi leader, Venezuela condemned Saddam’s execution as a miscarriage of justice and a “political crime (that is) the product of an illegitimate foreign occupation.”

The Foreign Ministry statement said that while Saddam was condemned to hang for his responsibility in the deaths of some 150 people, the U.S.-led invasion and occupation of Iraq ordered by U.S. President George W. Bush has caused the deaths of thousands of Iraqi civilians and U.S. soldiers.

“Some day those responsible will face international justice for these thousands of killings and these grave violations of human rights,” it said.

Venezuela claimed that Saddam’s execution was the result of a “fake trial carried out by courts imposed by invading troops and headed by the military of the United States.”

It alleged the trial was riddled with irregularities, such as threats and abuses against his defense lawyers.

President Hugo Chavez is one of Washington’s most ferocious critics, and when Saddam was sentenced last November, he said that Bush should first be condemned for genocide.

Chavez infuriated the U.S. government in 2000 by becoming the first head of state to visit Saddam following the first Gulf War in 1991. Saddam gave Chavez an extraordinary welcome as international TV networks broadcast images of the two leaders driving through the streets of Baghdad.

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