Here’s a sort of good news story for this New Year morning.
Britain has defied the Baathist-lovers in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) by handing over two Iraqi men accused of murdering British soldiers to the Iraqi authorities. Strasbourg judges had blocked the transfer of Faisal Al-Saadoon, 56, and Khalaf Mufdhi, 58, after their lawyers claimed they would face the death penalty if convicted by the Iraqi criminal courts. But ministers said they had chosen to ignore the ruling. Both men are accused of murdering Staff Sgt Simon Cullingworth and Spr Luke Allsopp in March 2003. The soldiers were found a month later in shallow graves outside Basra, unlawfully killed by Iraqi military intelligence, a coroner ruled. They had been ambushed, dragged from their Land Rover to a local Baath Party headquarters and then to an Iraqi intelligence base, where they were shot.
I hope that these Ba’athists are tried and convicted under due process of their heinous crimes and then despatched to meet Saddam in hell. Sgt Cullingworth and Spr Allsopp deserve justice be done.