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FM spokesman happy over arrest of Saddam Hussein


Tehran, Dec 15, IRNA -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi 
here Sunday expressed his satisfaction with the arrest of former 
Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and announced that the Iranian nation 
shares its happiness with the Iraqi people. 
Saddam Hussein was captured in his hometown of Tikrit on Sunday, 
the head of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Jalal Talabani, 
told an IRNA reporter at the Khosravi border checkpoint. 
Certainly, the arrest of Saddam will heal the profound wounds of 
the Iranian people, particularly of relatives of the war martyrs and 
disabled, Asefi said. 
The history of Saddam`s crimes, in particular those regarding 
its people and the regional nations including making use of 
chemical weapons, are unforgettable, he said, adding that an open 
trial of Saddam and his collaborators will help restore parts of the 
violated rights of the people. 
Asefi further expressed the hope that the capture of Saddam 
Hussein will facilitate transfer of power to the Iraqi people and 
expulsion of the occupied forces from the region. 

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