Eyewitness to Saddam Hussein trial to speak at Wake Up with Washburn

TOPEKA – “The Iraqi High Tribunal and the Trial of Saddam Hussein” will be presented by Tom Luedke, Topeka, at the Wake Up With Washburn Breakfast lecture at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, April 16, in the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center, Washburn University.

Luedke received a bachelor of arts degree from Washburn in 1983 and a juris doctor degree from Washburn School of Law in 1986. An Assistant U.S. Attorney in the civil division of the Topeka office, Luedke worked 2005-07 in Baghdad, Iraq, as attorney/adviser and as deputy to the Iraqi High Tribunal in the regime crimes liaison office. He assisted prosecutors with evidentiary and legal issues during the initial trial of Saddam Hussein, and for six months in 2007, assisted the Tribunal in becoming a fully functioning and independent court in all aspects of its operation.

He also served 1987-90 in the Marine Judge Advocate General’s Corps and 1990-96 in the Inactive Reserve Corps, from which he was honorably discharged at the rank of captain.

The event is sponsored by the Washburn University Alumni Association and School of Business. The cost is $11 for dues-paid members of the Washburn Alumni Association and $13 for non-members. For reservations, call the Alumni Association at (785) 670-1641 or e-mail [email protected]