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Amar Hakim says Saddam behind assassination of his slain uncle


Baghdad, Dec 20, IRNA -- Amar Hakim, son of the current president of 
the Iraqi Governing Council Abdel Aziz al-Hakim said on Saturday the 
captured ex-tyrant Saddam Hussein had been behind the assassination 
of Ayatollah Mohammad Baqer al-Hakim, former head of the Supreme 
Assembly of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SAIRI). 
He told IRNA that there is evidence indicating that Saddam and 
his supporters were involved in the killing of the SAIRI ex-chief 
adding that the evidence would be tabled the day when Saddam would 
stand trial. 
He said he would not disclose information in this respect until 
the formation and operation of the Iraqi war tribunals. 
Ayatollah Mohammad Baqer al-Hakim was killed in a car bomb 
explosion in the Iraqi city of Najaf a few months ago as he was 
returning from Friday prayers which he himself had led. 
Hakim, who spent some 20 years in exile in Iran before returning 
in triumph to Iraq earlier this year, met a martyr`s fate along with 
his bodyguards. 
The assassination was immediately blamed on the loyalists to the 
ex-regime of Iraq. A total of 129 people were killed by the blast and 
more than 220 people were injured. 
Elsewhere Amar Hakim commented on the international community`s 
calls for trial of Saddam and said the Iraqi court for the war crimes 
would register any compliant against the former Iraqi dictator. 
All those individuals and states who have suffered damage as a 
result of Saddam`s crimes and actions can file campaigns against him 
and the other Iraqi authorities who helped him. 
He commented on the visit to the European states by the head of 
the Interim Governing Council of Iraq and said the attitudes pressed 
by the chiefs of the European states indicate there are positive 
viewpoints on the governing council of Iraq. 
He said the Interim Governing Council is trying to help the Iraqi 
people to taking control of their country. 
Saddam Hussein was captured last Saturday by US troops and 
Kurdish militants who discovered him hiding in a tiny dark basement 
near his hometown Tikrit. 
Along with the international community, Iran expressed pleasure 
with his arrest. 

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