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Monday, January 23, 2006

Saddam denounces 'Iranian meddling' in Iraq
Holly Manges Jones at 10:15 AM ET

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] condemned "Iranian meddling" in Iraq after being briefed on major Iraqi, Arab and international affairs over the weekend, his defense team said Monday. Defense lawyer Saleh al-Armuti said Hussein had complained of not being kept up to date on world news so his lawyers filled him in during a five-hour meeting at the jail where Hussein is being detained. Hussein said the Iranians have a "long history of rancor, the worst in the world," and questioned why the Arabs allowed Iran to participate in Iraq's occupation. Iranian justice officials have called for Hussein to be prosecuted [JURIST report] for atrocities allegedly committed during the eight-year Iran-Iraq war [BBC backgrounder; Wikipedia backgrounder] in the 1980s, and have prepared a list of charges [JURIST report], including genocide, crimes against humanity, violations of international law, and using prohibited chemical weapons. Armuti also said that the former dictator's defense lawyers plan to file a lawsuit [DeHavilland report] against US President George Bush and UK Prime Minister Tony Blair [official website] in a European international court this week regarding what they are calling "the illegal invasion and occupation of a sovereign state." Hussein is also requesting that his trial be moved from Baghdad to Qatar or Jordan. Hussein's trial [JURIST news archive] is set to resume Tuesday. AFP has more.

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