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Iran says Saddam must be put on trial

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, IRNA reported from Tehran.

"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.

FM spokesman happy over arrest of Saddam Hussein

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi on Sunday expressed his satisfaction with the arrest of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and announced that the Iranian nation shares its happiness with the Iraqi people, IRNA reported from Tehran.

Saddam Hussein was captured in his hometown of Tikrit on Sunday, the head of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Jalal Talabani, told an IRNA reporter at the Khosravi border checkpoint.

Certainly, the arrest of Saddam will heal the profound wounds of the Iranian people, particularly of relatives of the war martyrs and disabled, Asefi said.

The history of Saddam's crimes, in particular those regarding its people and the regional nations including making use of chemical weapons, are unforgettable, he said, adding that an open trial of Saddam and his collaborators will help restore parts of the violated rights of the people.

Asefi further expressed the hope that the capture of Saddam Hussein will facilitate transfer of power to the Iraqi people and expulsion of the occupied forces from the region.

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