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Iran demands Saddam be tried as war criminal

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Jan 11, IRNA -- Iran on Sunday demanded that the former Iraqi 
dictator Saddam Hussein, who imposed a destructive war on the Islamic 
Republic between 1980 and 1988, is tried as a war criminal. 
"Saddam, the former president of Iraq, must be tried as a war 
criminal according to the four Geneva Conventions," Foreign Ministry 
spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told reporters here at a weekly news 
briefing. 
The four Geneva Conventions of 1949, and their protocols, set 
forth the `laws of war`, the international humanitarian law that 
governs the conduct of parties to international conflicts as well as 
civil wars. 
The Pentagon officially declared on Friday the deposed Iraqi 
dictator "an enemy prisoner of war" under the Geneva Conventions, 
provoking strong indignation in the Iraqi circles. 
The Iraqi Governing Council members have said Saddam could be 
tried by June before an Iraqi war crimes tribunal, but expressed 
irritation that the Pentagon had not consulted Iraqis about his legal 
status. 
Saddam was captured in an underground crawl space near his home 
town of Tikrit on December 13. He is being held at an undisclosed 
location said to be in Iraq, but his fate has remains unclear. 
"What is important is that the criminal nature of Saddam does not 
change," Asefi said. 
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. 
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