Monday, June 08, 2009

Iraq not responsible for Saddam's crimes

I think this supports the argument that Iraq's Saddam-era debts, including reparations to Kuwait and KSA, should be forgiven.

Court: Iraq can't be held responsible for Saddam

WASHINGTON (AP) — Iraq's current government cannot be sued for the actions of Saddam Hussein's regime, the Supreme Court said Monday as it threw out lawsuits filed by Americans who were held by the government of the now-deceased dictator.

Foreign nations usually are immune from lawsuits in U.S. courts, but federal law strips that protection from countries that support terrorism. Under Saddam, Iraq was considered a state sponsor of terrorism.

But the Iraqi government says the U.S.-led invasion that deposed Saddam and a federal law enacted in 2003 restored Iraq's immunity to lawsuits in American courts. The Supreme Court agreed.


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