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LAW: Tehran Lawyers Ask to Argue Iranians’ claims against Iraq in Saddam’s Trial
Several prominent Iranian lawyers led by Nemat Ahmadi asked director of the Iraqi special tribunal Ahmad Chalabi to allow them to argue lawsuits against the Iraqi government on behalf of non-governmental Iranian entities in Saddam’s upcoming trial . In a letter to Salem Chalabi, director of the Iraqi special tribunal in charge of trying Saddam Hussein, lawyer Nemat Ahmadi and several other members of the Tehran bar association asked on Wednesday for permission to represent Iranian non-governmental claimants. The lawyers also applied to Iraq’s bar association for Iraqi law licenses.
“Many individuals, those who have lost properties and businesses, as well as those who were maimed or crippled as a result of the Iraqi attacks during the 1980-88 war, are all victims of Saddam’s crimes,” Tehran-based lawyer Nemat Ahmadi tells Radio Farda’s broadcaster Amir Armin. Many of the Iranian victims of Iraq’s chemical attacks, especially those living in the border areas, have been asking us to represent them, and the number of claimants has gone up since Saddam’s trial venue was announced, he adds.
“Saddam as an individual is not a target of our lawsuits,” Ahmadi adds. “We seek compensation from the Iraqi government.”
He adds that he expects to receive a positive response from Chalabi. “If this court wants to be answerable to history and to be remembered for upholding human rights values, it certainly should respond positively to our request, review our cases and pay damages to our clients,” Ahmad says. “You saw that Libya eventually paid $2.5 billion in damages to the victims of the terrorist bombing of the Pan Am flight over Lockerbie. Now, shouldn’t all those people who suffered from the Iraqi bombardments and chemical attacks in Iran receive a fair compensation?”
The lawyers’ requests will be presented to Salem Chalabi and the Iraqi bar association through Iran’s embassy in Baghdad, Ahmadi adds.