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Fischer stresses `no` to death penalty for Saddam

IRNA

Berlin, Dec 19, IRNA -- German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer 
reiterated his country`s strong opposition to a possible death 
sentence for deposed Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, the press 
reported Friday. 
"Our stance towards the death penalty is a principled one. We 
reject it," Fischer said during a news conference after his meeting 
with the head of the Iraqi Governing Council, Abdel-Aziz al-Hakim and 
other top Iraqi officials. 
Meanwhile another member of Iraq`s Governing Council, Jalal 
Talebani pointed to the fact that death penalty was still legal in 
Iraq, even if it was not implemented at the present time. 
Talebani acknowledged that it was unclear whether it should be 
used in the future. 
Berlin has repeatedly urged a "fair, transparent" trial for Saddam
Hussein. 
Germany, like all European Union countries, outlaws the death 
penalty. 
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