Saturday, July 31, 2004

Iraqi judge to visit Iran about Saddam - (United Press International)

Iraqi judge to visit Iran about Saddam - (United Press International)

"Iraqi judge to visit Iran about Saddam



Tehran, Iran, Jul. 31 (UPI) -- Iran said Saturday the top Iraqi judge hearing the trial of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein will visit Iran to make a case against the former leader.


The official Iranian Islamic Republic News Agency quoted Hussein Kazemi Qommi, the Iranian chargé d'affaires in Baghdad as saying Judge Salem Chalabi is expected in Iran as part of the case being built against Saddam.

Qommi said Chalabi's visit came within the "framework of the lawsuit that Iran is preparing against Saddam regarding the crimes he committed" during the 1980-88 Iraq-Iran war.

The diplomat did not mention a date for such a visit.

IRNA quoted Qommi as accusing the former Iraqi president of using chemical weapons against his country, saying the "dictator used chemical bombs against defenseless civilians and killed prisoners of war.""

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