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Iran sends Saddam indictment on war crimes to Iraqi government

[JURIST] Iranian Justice Minister Jamal Karimirad announced Tuesday that his country has sent its own indictment [JURIST report] against former dictator Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] to the Iraqi government, charging the former dictator with atrocities allegedly committed during the eight-year Iran-Iraq war. The new charges come one day before Hussein is due to appear in Iraqi court to face the first of what could be many trials [JURIST news archive] for alleged crimes committed while in power. According to Karimirad, Iran's indictment includes charges of genocide, murders, crimes against humanity, violations of international law, bombings, as well as "violating Islamic and ethical principles." Iran first announced its desire to charge Hussein with crimes stemming from the Iran-Iraq war in July [JURIST report], and last month announced it was preparing its own indictment [JURIST report] against the former dictator. Aljazeera has more.

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