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Iran and Iraq jointly accuse Hussein in preparation for trial

[JURIST] Iraq and Iran issued a landmark joint statement Thursday blaming Saddam Hussein [Wikipedia profile] and his loyalists as the military aggressors in both the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war [Wikipedia entry] and the 1990 Iraq-Kuwait conflict [BBC timeline]. The statement came amidst an attempt by the two countries to forge better ties in the wake of Hussein's capture. According to the text, "The two sides confirm the necessity of trying the leaders of the former regime in Iraq in a fair trial because they committed war crimes and crimes against humanity and their military aggression against the Iraqi people, Iran and Kuwait." Hussein will stand trial before the Iraqi Special Tribunal [statute] at a date yet to be determined. AP has more.

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