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UK envoy expects violence to go on after Saddam`s capture

IRNA

London, Dec 15, IRNA - The UK`s special representative to Iraq said 
Monday that he believed attacks on occupying Anglo-American coalition 
troops could increase despite the capture of former Iraqi president 
Saddam Hussein. 
"I think the violence will continue. There are those out there who
still want to show they resent what`s happened and will want to keep 
throwing stuff at the coalition forces," Sir Jeremy Greenstock said. 
He suggested that violence "could well go up as a matter of 
retaliation and resentment at the success of the capture" but 
expressed hope that it would be "reasonably short-lived" and would 
gradually go down in the early months of next year. 
"In the longer term those who want Iraq to become a free, 
democratic new state will be encouraged and those who want to act 
against that will be discouraged," Britain`s former ambassador to the 
UN said. 
He was speaking in an interview with BBC Radio Four`s Today 
programme as two more car bombs were reported to have gone off in 
Baghdad, less than 48 hours after Saddam`s capture on Saturday night. 
He suggested that Britain must have no part in any trial of Saddam
because it could be seen as hypocritical given the likelihood that it 
would lead to his execution. 
"The UK is against the death penalty so we would have no part of a
tribunal or a process that has the death penalty," the British envoy 
said, but surprisingly added there could be some justification for 
executing the former president. 
"Given what he has done, in Iraqi eyes there would be a 
justification to that even if we ourselves were against the death 
penalty. So let him be tried within his own culture and amongst his 
own people," he said. 
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