Intended to validate the Iraq Invasion and an emergent Iraqi democracy, the Tribunal became a show-trial micro-managed by the US. The trial of Saddam Hussein marks the first time since the UN was created that a head of state has been put on trial by an invading, occupying power. This book, by the UK coordinator of Saddam Husseins defense team, seeks to alert public attention to the threat this precedent poses to developing nations, and to its distortive influence on international law. Dr. Al-Ani documents the trail of illegalities marking the destruction of Iraq at the hands of the US and UK, including the proceedings of the tribunal that dispatched Saddam Hussein. Al-Ani follows the trial step by step detailing its many failures, including: Important documents withheld from defense lawyers no written transcript lost paperwork defense prevented from cross-examining witnesses The trial itself provoked international condemnation. International human rights groups, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, as well as the High Commissioner for Human Rights, have stated that it did not meet international standards for a fair trial.