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Iran mulls bringing suit against `criminal` Saddam

IRNA

Tehran, Dec 15, IRNA -- Iran said Monday it will bring about a 
criminal suit at any international court against the former Iraqi 
president Saddam Hussein, who started a destructive war against the 
Islamic Republic. 
"Foreign Ministry has embarked on necessary measures in this 
respect and we have already gathered necessary documents," Government 
spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh said at a weekly news briefing. 
The official also demanded that the Iraqi dictator, who led a 
destructive war against the Islamic Republic between 1980 and 1988, be
tried at an international court. 
"The foremost in Saddam`s trial are the people of Iraq, who were 
under the yoke of this criminal dictator for a long time," 
Ramezanzadeh said. 
This, however, does not negate the rights of others to take their 
suit to international courts of justice, he added. 
"We want that the crimes of Iraq`s dictator to be examined in a 
competent international court and he is put on trial" he said. 
"Those equipping the Iraqi dictator to impose three big crises on 
the region must be exposed in the court," 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 as a lesson 
for those who do not give in 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. 
DEMAND FOR SADDAM`S TRIAL ON IRANIANS TERRITORY 
Iranian Judiciary, however, went a step further by sending a 
letter to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, demanding that the former 
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein be tried on Iranian territory for his 
crimes during a destructive war. 
"The public opinion in Iran calls for the trial of Saddam Hussein 
at a court of justice in the Islamic Republic," the head of the 
judicial office, Mohammad Shiraj, said in a part of his letter, a copy
of which was faxed to IRNA on Monday. 
Saddam and his henchmen have a notorious record for their crimes, 
including gassing Iranian forces with chemical weapons during the 
1980-1988 war as well as attacking residential regions in air raids or
with long-range missiles. 
"Your Excellency is sufficiently aware of the dimensions of 
oppression and crimes which the dictator of Baghdad has committed 
against the defenseless and oppressed Iraqi people and the Islamic 
Iran," the official said in another part of the letter. 
"... missile and ground attacks of Saddam`s forces on residential 
cities left many defenseless people without custodians or maimed. In 
their ground attacks on the southern and western Iran, the cities were
pillaged and defenseless men and women were captured. 
"(Saddam Hussein) martyred or maimed prisoners in horrendous 
dungeons under torture typical of the Middle Ages and there are many 
children and women, whose custodians are still unaccounted for," the 
letter added. 
REPARATION DEMAND `DEPENDS ON FUTURE OF TIES` 
Ramezanzadeh said Iran`s reparations claims, which is put at 
hundreds of billion dollars because of the destructive war imposed 
by Iraq under Saddam, will depend on the future of the two neighbors` 
ties. 
"Naturally, the future of the two countries` ties will determine 
our mode of behavior, but the important and fundamental thing which 
we have always stressed on is the two nations have historically 
lived in coexistence," he said. 
BH/AH/210 
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