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Saddam to sue Bush, Blair over alleged 'war crimes'

[JURIST] Khalil Dulaimi, chief defense lawyer for Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] said Thursday following up on earlier defense statements [JURIST report] that the ousted Iraqi leader intends "very soon" to sue US President George W. Bush, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld [official profile] and British PM Tony Blair [official profile] in the new International Criminal Court for abusing prisoners at Abu Ghraib [JURIST news archive] and authorizing the use of outlawed weapons, such as depleted uranium artillery shells, white phosphorous, napalm and cluster bombs. The US is not a party to the Rome Treaty [text] establishing the court, but the United Kingdom is. In December, in his address [JURIST video] accepting the Nobel Prize for Literature, British playwright Harold Pinter called for Bush and Blair to be arraigned before the ICC, although he noted "Bush has been clever. He has not ratified the International Criminal Court of Justice." Aljazeera has more.

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