Little Green Footballs

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

The enemy of our enemy

This is interesting:

Iran has sent a list of charges against the former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein to the Iraqi government, a day before his trial is to begin in Baghdad.

Iran says its indictment includes charges of genocide and the use of chemical weapons.

Saddam Hussein is to appear in court on charges related to the deaths of 143 people in the town of Dujail in 1982.

The former president and his seven co-defendants could face the death penalty if convicted.

A spokesman for the Iranian judiciary, Jamal Karimirad, said the petition of charges was filed through diplomatic channels to the Baghdad court where Saddam goes on trial on Wednesday.

The charges have not been fully revealed, but he said they were connected to the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, which left more than one million dead.

"The invasion of Iran in 1980 was definitely one of the crimes committed by Saddam. We want the court to investigate the charges brought by Iranian people," Mr Karimirad told a press conference.

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