Iran to push for international court for Saddam

16 December 2003
Tehran on 15 December said that it was drawing up a list of charges to be brought against former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein which it hopes to file with the international courts. The charges are expected to focus on the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war and the illegal use of weapons of mass destruction. 'The Foreign Affairs Ministry has embarked on necessary measures in this respect, and we have already gathered necessary documents,' said government spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh. 'The Iraqi people are first in line to file a complaint against Saddam... but it does not mean others do not have the right to file a complaint to international bodies.'

Ramezanzadeh said that only an international court would be fit for trying Saddam. 'We want the crimes of Iraq's dictator to be examined in a competent international court,' he said. 'Those equipping the Iraqi dictator to impose three big crises on the region must be exposed in the court,' Ramezanzadeh told reporters in Tehran, referring to US/UK support Saddam received in the Iran-Iraq war. Iran's calls for an international court, to be modeled on those in The Hague, Rwanda and Sierra Leone, have been reaffirmed by leading international lawyers and non-governmental organisations.

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