06/29/2004: Iraq a "sovereign nation"? Bullshit.
Sovereign nations don't have other countries meddling in their criminal proceedings. Iraq does. From England's Financial Times: Prisoner 27075 learns limits of sovereignty
Iyad Akmush Kanum, 23, learnt the limits of sovereignty on Monday when US prosecutors refused to uphold an Iraqi judges' order acquitting him of attempted murder of coalition troops.The strongest lessons are taught by example. How do we expect Iraqis to have respect for democratic institutions when we don't show them any respect ourselves.
US prosecutors said that he was being returned to the controversial Abu Ghraib prison because under the Geneva Conventions they were not bound by Iraqi law.
A few hundred metres from where outgoing administrator Paul Bremer formally ended the US occupation of Iraq on Monday, Mr Kanum - prisoner number 27075 - cowered handcuffed on a backroom floor in the Central Criminal Court, where Iraqis are tried for attacks against coalition forces.
"Iraqis who have been detained as a security threat can still be detained until firstly the coalition leaves or secondly they are considered to be no longer a threat," said Michael Frank, deputy special prosecutor for Multinational Force-Iraq (MNFI), who oversaw the case dressed in military fatigues.
Len on 06.29.04 @ 09:17 PM CST