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Iran weighing how to file suit against Saddam

Tehran, July 10, IRNA -- Iran's state attorney's office held its first session Saturday on how to go ahead with a suit which the Islamic Republic is considering to file against jailed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

The session, headed by Attorney General Ayatollah Abdonnabi Namazi, will also decide if the present Iraqi tribunal is qualified to handle Iran's war crimes charges against Saddam who imposed a destructive war on Iran between 1980 and 1988.

Namazi said the charges had several 'dimensions', characterizing them as 'ideological, cultural, social, political, military, legal and juridical'.

He cited some of the crimes committed by the former Iraqi leader, including detention, imprisonment and torture of Iranians, expulsion of ethnic Iranians from Iraq and massacre of Iranians in border towns and demolition of their houses.

Demolition of agricultural and animal husbandry centers, refineries, and other production centers, bombardment of educational centers, chemical bombing of Iranian towns, including use of sarine gas, as well as use of torture against Iranian prisoners of war and their execution were some of other crimes cited by the cleric.

... Payvand News - 7/10/04 ... --

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