Kuwait seeks death penalty for Saddam under own indictment

Kuwait seeks death penalty for Saddam under own indictment

[JURIST] Kuwaiti Justice Minister Ahmad Baqer said Saturday that Kuwait has prepared its own indictment against former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] for crimes against the emirate during the 1990-1991 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, and that that indictment "calls for Saddam's death." Iraq invaded Kuwait on August 2, 1990, and occupied it for seven months until the a US-led coalition forced it out in the first Gulf War [Wikipedia backgrounder]. Saddam already faces the death penalty in Iraq for the 1982 massacre of Shiite villagers in a trial set for October 19 [JURIST report]. Baqer said he is seeking "judicial cooperation" between Iraq and Kuwait [Reuters report] with respect to the crimes that are attributed to Hussein. Earlier this week Iran, disatisfied with the Iraqi trial process for the ousted dictator, said it too was preparing its own indictment [JURIST report]. AFP has more.