Saddam Hussein hearing the verdict

Bildt Welcomes Saddam Conviction

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has welcomed the conviction of Saddam Hussein for crimes against humanity, calling it “deeply satisfying”. But he wishes Iraq had abolished capital punishment.

He says the position of Sweden and the European Union is well-known and their opposition to the death penalty is unconditional.

Bildt also warns that the conviction won’t solve Iraq’s problems. He says the judicial process is an important settlement with the past, but the big challenge for the people of Iraq is the future and the compromises required for maintained freedom, secured peace, and sustainable reconciliation.

Swedish diplomat Hans Corell, former head of Legal Affairs at the United Nations, trained the judges who tried Saddam Hussein. He also says he had hoped capital punishment could have been avoided.

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