Says the BBC, “[the resignation of Saddam’s defence lawyers] raises fresh questions as to whether the former leader, whose trial opened last week, will receive a fair hearing”.

No, it doesn’t: there is no doubt that he will receive an unfair hearing. There is no prospect either that someone of Saddam’s infamy could receive a fair trial anywhere, or that a third-world state that was a tyranny til 2003 and now steers an uneasy path between theocracy, tribalism and outright anarchy could deliver a fair trial to anyone.

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