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Pachachi: Saddam should stand trial for crimes against Iraqis


Baghdad, Dec 14, IRNA -- Acting president of Iraqi Governing Council 
(IGC) Adnan Pachachi said on Sunday that Saddam should stand trial for
the crimes he committed against the Iraqi people. 
He said at a joint press conference with US Administrator Paul 
Bremer that a special court will conduct the trial of the Iraqi 
dictator. He was responding to a question by reporters whether Saddam 
will be punished for the mass killings during his rule over Iraq. 
Pachachi said that as per a decision made by the IGC, war 
criminals will be brought to justice and that Saddam will stand trial.
He said that the next government will be independent and the IGC 
members will form an independent government before June. 
A reporter asked US commander Ricardo Sanchez about possible 
attacks against the US troops and whether Saddam will ask his 
followers to stop sabotage, he said that answers will be available for
such questions in future. 
Asked whether Saddam will be handed over to the IGC, Sanchez said 
that the matter will be examined in the next few days. 
A reporters asked both Sanchez and Bremer whether they had 
contacted Saddam so far or will do so in the future. 
Sanchez said he made no formal contact with Saddam and it depends 
on future decision. 
Bremer said in response, "Let`s put the details of Saddam`s arrest
to the future and contact with him." 
IRNA scooped the news about Saddam`s capture by the Iraqi 
Governing Council before all international media networks on Sunday. 
It said in an urgent dispatch from Qasr-e Shirin on Sunday 
morning, Saddam Hussein, was captured in his hometown of Tikrit 
quoting the head of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Jalal Talabani, 
as saying upon arrival in Iranian territory to head for France. 

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