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US-led coalition likely to hand over Saddam to Iraqis

June 05, 2004 10:30 IST

Ousted Iraqi presidentSaddam Hussain, now being detained by the United States at anundisclosed location, may soon find himself inthe custody of the Iraqi authorities, diplomats said.

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The US-led coalition is likely to hand over the charge ofprisons to Iraqis as a part of transfer of sovereignty, especially in the wake of a scandal involving torture of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers, even though the draft resolution, presented by Washington and London to the SecurityCouncil, does not explicitly mention that, they said.

Some members of the Security Council, during informal consultations on the draft resolution, had demanded that handing over of the prisons should be made a part of the resolution especially in view of the Abu Ghraib scandal.

Western diplomats said they would like to hand over the control of prisons as early as possible and that would include the transfer of custody of Saddam Hussain and his topofficials.

Iraq has established a war crime tribunal headed by Salem Chalabi which is expected to try Hussain and other high officials now under detention.

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