Iran prepares complaint against Saddam


Iran said today it has prepared a complaint against former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein for his 1980 invasion of the country and for using chemical weapons against Iranians during the neighbouring nations' eight year war.

Tehran will file the documents with the Iraqi court where Saddam is standing trial, Foreign Ministry spokesman Mr Hamid Reza Asefi said.

"One of crimes Saddam committed was his invasion of Iran and starting the war, killing many Iranian citizens and using chemical weapons in Halabja (within Iraq) and other places (in Iran) during the war," Mr Asefi said.

Iran expects Saddam will face judgment in an open trial for war crimes against it, Mr Asefi said. "We believe the court has to investigate Saddam's crimes transparently and openly."