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Saddam's request for trial in Sweden rejected
(Tuesday, July 26, 2005)
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Deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, who faces trial on charges of crimes against humanity, will not be permitted to stand trial or serve his sentence in Sweden. Swedish Justice Ministry director Ann Marie Bolin Pennegaard said that Sweden has turned down a request by one of Hussein's lawyers for him to come to Sweden, and for the time being, Swedish authorities were unlikely to change their minds. Pennegaard has sent the Swedish government's answer to Hussein's attorney Giovanni di Stefano.
Pennegaard said that Sweden has no intention of filing a request to the competent authorities in Iraq for a transfer of Saddam Hussein to Sweden before his trial. Giovanni di Stefano has said that Iraq's insurgency has made Baghdad far too dangerous a venue for the former leader's trial, and that the proceeding should be moved to another country. He said Saddam's defense team has contacted the Swedish government about the possibility of holding such a trial in Sweden.
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