by RAY FLEMING
THE visit to Saddam Hussein made yesterday by the International Committee of the Red Cross served as a reminder of one of the biggest items of unfinished business that the Americans and British will hand over to the provisional government of Iraq on 1 July - the trial of the man who led the country from 17 July 1968 to 1 May 2003. From the moment it assumes office the provisional government will have to take responsibility for a huge number of formidable problems although it will lack the authority that would come from having been directly elected. Foremost among these problems will be the trial of Saddam Hussein. An indication of just how sensitive and volatile an issue this will prove to be was given yesterday by Muwaffaq al-Rubaiye, a member of the Iraq Governing Council whose members are thought likely to provide the core of the provisional government. He said that Saddam Hussein's trial should start very soon, in the next few weeks and added he could be executed on 1 July.
by RAY FLEMING
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