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Iran's Rafsanjani accuses US of censorship, urges public trial for Saddam

IranMania News
July 3rd, 2004

TEHRAN, July 2 (AFP) - Influential former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Friday the trial of Saddam Hussein should be totally public and denounced the fact that the Iran-Iraq war was not among the main charges against the ousted Iraqi leader.

"Saddam's trial must be completely public. It is necessary to let Saddam express himself, that the Americans express themselves, that we ourselves can express ourselves and that people say what they have to say," Rafsanjani told
Friday prayers carried by state radio.

"Saddam's extraordinary crimes must be exposed but from the first words pronounced by Saddam the Americans imposed censorship and broadcast only what they wanted," he said, branding it "shame for the United States".

Rafsanjani, head of Iran's top political arbitration body and still one of Iran's most powerful figures, condemned the absence from the main charges of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war in which one million people died.

"I ask the Iraqi judge why Saddam's crimes against Iran have not been raised," said Rafsanjani, adding that 100,000 Iranian fighters suffered from Iraqi chemical weapons.

"If the Iraqi court refuses to include (Saddam's responsibility) in the unleashing of the war against Iran, it means it is on an order from the Americans.

"Why does the war against Kuwait, which only lasted several months, figure among the major charges while the war against Iran which lasted eight years has been omitted?" he asked.

Saddam, toppled last year by a US-led invasion, appeared on Thursday before the court in Baghdad which is to judge him for crimes against humanity.

The ousted president remained defiant. He justified the invasion he ordered against Kuwait, refused to sign legal documents and called US President George W. Bush the real villain.

http://www.iranmania.com/news/030704a.asp


19 posted on 07/03/2004 7:44:29 AM PDT by F14 Pilot (John ''Fedayeen" sKerry - the Mullahs' regime candidate)
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Powell says Saddam should be assumed innocent as Tehran states ''crimes'' against Iranians should not be ignored

http://www.albawaba.com/news/index.php3?sid=280158&lang=e&dir=news


20 posted on 07/03/2004 7:51:12 AM PDT by F14 Pilot (John ''Fedayeen" sKerry - the Mullahs' regime candidate)
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To: F14 Pilot

"Saddam's trial must be completely public. It is necessary to let Saddam express himself, that the Americans express themselves, that we ourselves can express ourselves and that people say what they have to say," Rafsanjani told
Friday prayers carried by state radio."

He could cut this to four words:

I want a ZOO!


23 posted on 07/03/2004 8:02:19 AM PDT by windchime (Podesta about Bush: "He's got four years to try to undo all the stuff we've done." (TIME-1/22/01))
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To: DoctorZIn

Dr....The U.S. has to make a very important decision . The regime is going to use this as a tool to unite the Iranian people. To unite them against the U.S. The U.S. needs to do something to allow Iranians charges to be heard. I know it's bad publicity for U.S. to have their dirty laundry aired regarding their support for Saddam against Iranians in Iran/Iraq war, but we can't allow the regime to destroy the Iranian people's chance for freedom by using this against us. It will be a blow for democracy in Iraq and any chance for democracy in Iran.
We need to write letters to the President.


24 posted on 07/03/2004 8:02:25 AM PDT by nuconvert ( "Let Freedom Reign !" ) ( Azadi baraye Iran)
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To: F14 Pilot
Uh, I realize that the mad mullahs have no idea how a fair trial is run, but this was just a preliminary hearing announcing that charges are going to be made. This was not a trial, it was not even a formal charging, it was a PRELIMINARY hearing.

The next step will be for all of them to be formally charged. At that hearing, they will all have legal representation and will be told when the trial will take place, they will at that time have the formal charges and the evidence. Saddam's trial will not take place until January, 2005 when Iraq has elected representatives.

The US has nothing to say about this trial, it's being run by the Iraqis for the Iraqis. If Iran wants him tried, they should contact the Iraqi prosecutor and present their evidence. The Iraqis would probably welcome their help.

61 posted on 07/03/2004 6:36:04 PM PDT by McGavin999 (If Kerry can't deal with the "Republican Attack Machine" how is he going to deal with Al Qaeda)
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