Iraq to disband court that tried Saddam Hussein

AP , Wednesday 4 May 2011

The Iraqi government says it will disband a court set up after the 2003 US-led invasion to prosecute Saddam Hussein and other regime members

Court spokesman Raid Juhi says the decision to disband the court was made because the court had finished its cases. The government announced the planned closing in a statement Wednesday.

The Iraqi High Criminal Tribunal's first trial was against Saddam, who was hanged in 2006 for his role in the deaths of over 140 Shiite Muslims following an attempt on his life in 1982.

It also tried and sent to the gallows Saddam's cousin, known as "Chemical Ali," for using poison gas against the Kurds, and his half brother, who served as intelligence chief.

The government said a draft law to disband the court has been sent to parliament.

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