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8/4/04

Saddam's crimes against Iran to be raised in next court hearing

Tehran, Aug 4, IRNA -- Iraqi Deputy Foreign Minister Hamid al-Bayati said on Tuesday that Saddam Hussein's crimes against the Iranian nation will be argued in the next court hearing.

According to the English-language daily 'Tehran Times`, an initial hearing against Saddam was held on July 1 before a special tribunal. Saddam is charged with crimes against humanity.

Al-Bayati, who is on a tour of Iran along with an Iraqi delegation, described relations between Iraq and Iran as deep, and said the Iraqis believe that they should have good relations with Iran.

Asked to comment about the Iraqi Defense Minister Hazem al-Shaalan's anti-Iran remarks, Bayati said the statements expressed by Shaalan are "personal" and do not reflect the position of the Iraqi government.

Shaalan told the Washington Post last week that Iran remains Iraq's first enemy. Shaalan accused Iran of interfering in Iraqi internal affairs.

Bayati said he is here to prepare for Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's visit to Iran; however, he gave no date for the visit.

On the presence of the terrorist Mujahedeen Khalq Organization in Iraq, he said the interim administration has decided that the MKO should not engage in political activities in Iraq and have no right to stay permanently in the country.

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