Iraqi Tribunal to Charge Saddam with Crimes Against Humanity

(Reuters/New York Times) An Iraqi tribunal charged Saddam Hussein and 11 senior associates with crimes against humanity on Thursday, months ahead of a trial that could help Iraq come to terms with 35 years of Baathist brutality. The U.S. military handed them over to Iraqi legal custody on Wednesday, but will continue to guard them. Saddam is accused of ordering the killing and torture of thousands of people, as well as responsibility for a 1988 gas massacre of Kurds, the 1990 invasion of Kuwait, and the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war.

2004-07-01 00:00:00

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