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11/22/05

ICC to try Dutch businessman over Iraq's chemical attack against Iran

Ilam, Nov 22, IRNA-The Iraqi State Television reported Monday the trial of a Dutch national accused of supplying chemical weapons to the Saddam Hussein regime over its attack on Iran started at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hauge.

The broadcast which was monitored in the western province of Ilam said that Franz Van Anraat who was a businessman in 1980s, during the Iran-Iraq war, was arraigned Monday at ICC and charged with selling tons of illegal chemical materials to Iraq.

It added that the judicial officials maintain that if charges are proven, it would be the first war criminal to be tried for atrocities committed in Iran and Halabjeh.

It added that he could receive a maximum sentence of life in prison. ICC does not pass death sentences.

Previously, some Iraqi officials had reported on the trial Van Anraat and his accomplices.

Van Anraat admits supplying the chemicals but denies knowing they were destined for Iraq and would be used to make poison gas.

"He is being accused of delivering raw materials necessary to build Saddam Hussein's chemical weapons. The use of those weapons by the regime in Baghdad led to the death of thousands in Iraq and Iran," prosecutor Fred Teeven told the court.

"He is accomplice in serious international crimes." Prosecutors accuse the Dutchman of shipping chemicals from the United States to Belgium and from there to Iraq via Jordan, and from Japan to Baghdad through Italy.

United Nations weapons inspectors have said Van Anraat was an important middleman supplying Iraq with chemical agents.

Also, the second round of court hearings of Saddam Hussain and seven of his accomplices will resume next Tuesday.

The session will focus on the murder of 143 innocent Iraqi civilians in the 'Aldagil' region, the TV report said.

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