OU Scientist Testifies On Mass Graves In Saddam Genocide Trial

Tuesday, November 28th 2006, 10:56 am
By: News On 6

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A University of Oklahoma scientist testified Tuesday in the genocide trial of former Iraq president Saddam Hussein.

Forensic scientist Clyde Snow was called to speak about a mass grave of Kurds he investigated in 1992 in the northern Iraqi town of Koreme. The investigation was part of a team organized by the groups Physicians for Human Rights and Middle East Rights Watch.

Snow showed a slide presentation of the 27 bodies his team exhumed from two graves and provided details of 84 gunshot wounds in the bodies.

He also says soil samples were found to have traces of mustard gas and the nerve gas sarin.

Snow's testimony came over the objection of Saddam who said only international experts should be called and insisted Snow not be allowed to testify because he's American.

Saddam already faces a death sentence after being convicted earlier of killing Shiites.