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Russia urges just, impartial trial for Saddam


MOSCOW, October 20 (RIA Novosti) - A senior Russian Foreign Ministry official said Thursday that the trial of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was a domestic issue.

"We hope the trial of the former president will be just and impartial like those of any other defendants," Mikhail Kamynin said.

But Kamynin did warn against pressure on the judges and their decisions.

"An independent court must be above the emotions the defendant's personality stirs up or current political considerations, which are inevitable in such circumstances," Kamynin said.

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