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Iran submits Saddam indictment to Iraq government

[JURIST] Iran has delivered a "bill of indictment" against former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein to the Iraqi Foreign Ministry, which will submit it to Iraq's High Criminal Court, according to a joint statement [text] issued Saturday by the governments of Iran and Iraq on the visit of Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki to Baghdad. The statement said the two countries "referred to the crimes perpetrated by the regime of Saddam Hussein and its aggressions against the peoples of Iraq, Iran and Kuwait...[and] affirmed that leaders of the bygone Iraqi regime should be tried." It is not clear how the indictment mentioned in the statement compares with an indictment against Saddam that Iranian Justice Minister Jamal Karimirad said Iran sent to the Iraqi government [JURIST report] in October charging the former dictator with atrocities allegedly committed during the eight-year Iran-Iraq war [JURIST report] of the 1980s which resulted in over 500,000 casualties on each side. Iran first announced its plan to charge Hussein with crimes [JURIST report] stemming from the war in July 2005.

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