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Iranian judiciary stakes claim to try Saddam

Iran’s judiciary has written to UN chief Kofi Annan demanding that captured former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein also be tried for crimes against the Iranian people, and even arguing he should face a court in the Islamic republic. “It is only fit to award the prosecution of Saddam to the people who have the right to prosecute him, so his prosecution will be a way to heal their wounds,” the letter stated Tuesday. “The oppressed reserve the right to prosecute Saddam’s oppressions,” it added, citing the Iraqi leader’s 1980 invasion of Iran which killed hundreds of thousands of Iranians in the subsequent eight-year war. The letter from the hardline-run judiciary also insisted that “Iranian public opinion wants Saddam to be prosecuted in a just court in the Islamic Republic of Iran.” Full Story

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