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Saddam Hussein to be handed over to Iraqis before June 30: tribunal director

Saddam Hussein and some 100 former members of his Baathist regime detained by the US-led coalition in Iraq will be handed over to Iraqis before the June 30 power transfer, the head of the Iraqi war crimes tribunal said. “We have a hundred detainees (who were) senior leaders of the former regime, including Saddam Hussein, Tareq Aziz and Ali Hasan al-Majid,” lawyer Salam Chalabi, the tribunal’s director general, said on arrival at Kuwait airport. “They will be handed over to Iraqis before the transfer of power on June 30. Their trial will commence in early 2005,” said Chalabi, who is in Kuwait to gather evidence to be used in the trials of Saddam and former senior Baathist officials. The Iraqi law official arrived here from Iran where he was also on a fact-finding mission to gather evidence against top aides of the former Iraqi dictator. Full Story

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