UN Urges Iraq To Treat Saddam-Era Officials Fairly

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Baghdad (AP) The top U.N. Envoy in Iraq is urging the Shiite-led government to treat prisoners from the Saddam Hussein era fairly.

The American military will hand over the prisoners as part of a detainee transfer required under a new security pact.

One of them is Saddam's cousin known as “Chemical Ali,” who already faces two death sentences handed down by an Iraqi court.

Others are former officials who were captured by U.S. troops years ago and who are accused of playing a role in decades of abuse and killings of Shiites and Kurds.

Staffan De Mistura, the U.N.'s special representative in Iraq, is calling for the high-profile figures and other detainees to be given due process -- “if possible with some international
observation.”

He also reiterated the U.N.'s opposition to capital punishment in an interview with the Associated Press.

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