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Iran says Saddam must be put on trial

IRNA

Tehran, Dec 15, IRNA -- Iran demanded on Monday that former Iraqi 
President Saddam Hussein, who led a destructive war against the 
Islamic Republic between 1980 and 1988, is tried at an international 
court. 
"We want that the crimes of Iraq`s dictator are examined at a 
competent international court and he is put on trial" Government 
spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh told reporters at a weekly press 
briefing. 
"It must be clarified in the court who were those equipping the 
Iraqi dictator to impose three big crises on the region," the official
said, recalling the Baath regime`s invasion of Iran, as well as its 
attack on Kuwait which entailed in the 1991 Persian Gulf War and the 
second Persian Gulf war, which led to his fall. 
Ramezanzadeh said, "I hope Saddam`s fate will serve a lesson for 
those who do not succumb to the will of people." 
"The contemptible submission of Saddam indicated that whoever 
does not submit to the will of people, will be forced to succumb to 
foreign pressures," he added. 
Saddam and his henchmen have a notorious record for their crimes, 
including gassing Iranian forces during the 1980-1988 war as well as 
the Kurdish population, and brutally repressing Shi`ite and Kurdish 
uprisings in the aftermath of the 1991 Persian Gulf War. 
Tens of thousands of people also disappeared during his 24-year 
rule. 
The prominent member of the Iraqi Governing Council, Adnan 
Pachachi, said in Baghdad Sunday that a court will be set up to 
conduct the trial of the former dictator. 
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