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Have Iraqi courts been politicised?

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Tariq Aziz, for many years the public face of Saddam Hussein's Iraqi regime, has been jailed for 15 years for his role in the execution of 42 merchants. Deborah Haynes, of the Times, and Sudarsan Raghavan, of the Washington Post, discuss if the courts - both in the case of Mr Aziz and in the sentencing of the journalist who threw his shoes at President Bush - have been politicised and are just doing what the US has asked.

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