Monday, July 05, 2004

United Press International: Analysis: Iran ignored at Saddam's trial?

United Press International: Analysis: Iran ignored at Saddam's trial?: "Analysis: Iran ignored at Saddam's trial?
By Modher Amin
Published 7/5/2004 6:48 PM

TEHRAN, Iran, July 5 (UPI) -- Iranians are indignant at the Iraqi court's failure to include the 1980 attack on Iran and the use of chemical weapons on its fighters as the charges read out during Saddam's Hussein's court appearance last Thursday.
Tehran said Sunday it was drawing its own list of charges against the ousted leader for crimes relating to the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, during which close to a million people -- mostly Iranians -- were killed.
'One of the crimes of Saddam Hussein is the attack of Iran, the death of Iranians, and the use of chemical weapons in Halabja (within Iraq) and other places (in Iran) during the war,' Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hamid Reza Asefi, told reporters. 'Iran will definitely file a complaint with the Iraqi court.'
Preliminary charges against Saddam Hussein cover invasion of Kuwait in 1990, crushing Kurdish and Shiite revolts after the 1991 Persian Gulf war, ethnic cleansing of Kurds in 1987-1988, gassing Kurds in Halabja in 1988, killing religious leaders in 1974 and killing of political activists over three decades. "

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