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UPDATED: 08:42, September 06, 2005
Iran criticizes Saddam's trial for excluding accusations
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Iran on Monday slammed Iraqi prosecutors of a trial against former President Saddam Hussein for failing to include Iran's accusations related to 1980-1988 Iran- Iraq war, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported.

Judiciary chief Mahmud Hashemi Shahrudi expressed regret over the fact that Saddam's crimes against human rights during the war are not among accusations brought up in the trial, the report said.

"The charges brought up in the trial are minor and insignificant and do not include Saddam's criminal acts," Shahrudi was quoted as saying.

Shahrudi urged the prosecutors to prepare "a more realistic and consistent indictment against Saddam Hussein" to disprove the idea that the court is being led by the United States.

Shahrudi also ordered to prepare an indictment against Saddam for his crimes during the 1980-1988 war and to put it through legal channels.

Iraq said on Sunday that Saddam will go on trial on Oct. 19 over charges of the 1982 killing of over 140 Shiites in northern Iraq.

Iran has been making efforts to sue Saddam for launching the bloody war and using chemical weapons against Iran.

Source: Xinhua


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