Prosecution implicates Saddam in chemical attacks

December 19, 2006 04:31


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The chief prosecutor in Saddam Hussein's trial presented memos from the ousted president's office approving chemical attacks against Kurdish villages, the most serious evidence against him in his genocide trial. Munqith al-Faroon on Monday showed the Iraqi court trying Saddam and six other former regime members about 25 documents, including some presidential letters instructing the army to use "special ammunition" - identified as "mustard gas" - to quell a Kurdish rebellion in 1987. Some of the documents bore Saddam's signature, al-Faroon said. As in past hearings, Saddam said Monday that anything that occurred during his 34-year rule of Iraq was ultimately his responsibility, but he did not say he ordered the attacks.

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