Friday, December 19, 2003

Iran doubts Saddam will get fair trial: "Iran's President Mohammad Khatami said on Wednesday he doubted Saddam Hussein would get a fair trial, noting the deposed Iraqi leader could reveal embarrassing details in court about the support he got from other nations... 'I doubt he will be given a totally fair and free trial,' Khatami told reporters after a weekly cabinet meeting.

"'Saddam will say things which will not be liked by those who are against him. We hope the truth will come out and he says what he has done, what countries he had links to and what support he received,' he said. Iran has long held that the United States and western European countries armed and supported Saddam in the 1980-1988 war against Iran ... following its 1979 Islamic revolution"

"While welcoming Saddam's arrest as good news for Iraq and its neighbours, Khatami reiterated Iran's opposition to the U.S.-led occupation of its western neighbour. "I hope this capture will put an end to Iraq's occupation and accelerates the delegation of power to an administration which is representative of the Iraqi people," he said."

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