Saddam wants a Swedish trialSweden is already a retirement home for more than 1000 foreign war criminals. Even Saddam Hussein's cousins have sought asylum there. But Swedes can't understand why their country has a reputation for being liberal:
Saddam wants a Swedish trial
Sweden’s prisons seem to be getting a reputation as something of a luxury destination for the world’s dethroned despots, after one of Saddam Hussein’s defense lawyers named it as a preferred place for the upcoming trial of the former Iraqi president. The attorney, Giovanni di Stefano, told Swedish national television SVT that Hussein should be tried in Europe instead of Iraq, where his safety would be threatened. ‘I would favor Sweden more than any other country where we are more likely than not to obtain a fair trial, and in the unlikely event that our client is tried and convicted, he can go straight to a detention center in Sweden,’ di Stefano said. Ove Bring, professor in international law at the University of Stockholm, said he found it unlikely that Iraq would allow the trial to take place outside its borders. Bring, however, did not rule out the possibility that Hussein could serve his sentence in Sweden. ‘It’s possible that Iraq and the United Nations find it a good idea that Saddam can receive his punishment in another country. Who knows what can happen to him in an Iraqi prison cell? It doesn’t sound very safe,’ Bring said. Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson has opened up the possibility that Hussein could serve a prison sentence in the country, which opposed the US-led invasion that toppled the Iraqi dictator.