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Saddam Hussein had filed suit against the European members of the U.S. coalition that invaded Iraq (AFP)
March 14, 2006 -- The European Court of Human Rights today dismissed a case brought by Saddam Hussein complaining that the countries of the U.S.-led coalition which invaded Iraq planned to execute him.
Hussein had filed against 21 European states, alleging they had violated provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights that refer to the right to life and a fair trial, and forbidding inhumane treatment and arbitrary detention.
The court said Hussein had not proved that he fell within the jurisdictions of the 21 coalition states.
The former Iraqi leader is on trial in Iraq charged with crimes against humanity in the killings of 148 Shi'ite men after an assassination attempt against him in 1982.
A protester in Baghdad carries a picture of a relative killed at Al-Dujayl (AFP file photo)
Former Iraqi dictator SADDAM HUSSEIN
and seven of his associates went on trial on October 19, 2005, on charges of crimes against humanity for the regime's role in the deaths of 148 residents from the town of Al-Dujayl, and the imprisonment of 1,500 others following a botched assassination attempt against Hussein there on July 8, 1982. Following the arrests and deportations, the regime leveled the town... (more)
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