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Dictator Idi Amin dies

Former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin has died of multiple organ failure in hospital in Saudi Arabia. Amin, who was variously described as 78 or 80 years old, had been in a coma at King Faisal Specialist Hospital in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah since 18 July. He was forced from power in Uganda in 1979 by Tanzanian troops and Ugandan exiles, after one of the bloodiest rules in African history. Human rights groups and Ugandan government officials have expressed disappointment that Amin never faced trial for his alleged crimes. Up to 400,000 people are believed to have been killed under his rule. Amin’s family recently appealed to the Ugandan Government to allow him return home. But President Yoweri Museveni said that Amin would face charges of human rights abuses if he returned to Uganda alive. His body will be allowed back to Uganda for burial if the family want it, the government says. Full Story

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