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The Iraqi Governing Council plans to ask Japan to send experts to work as advisers for the planned special tribunal for former President Saddam Hussein.

Ahmad al-Barak, a member of the council’s legal committee, told Kyodo News he will ask Japanese officials to provide experts when he goes to Japan on Tuesday with Governing Council Chairman Seyyid Muhammed Bahr ul-Uloom.

Al-Barak said Saddam will be indicted on genocide and other charges, and will be tried in accordance with Iraqi criminal law as well as some aspects of international law relating to genocide and other crimes against humanity.

He said 200 to 1,000 people will be indicted, with priority on the 55 people on the U.S. military’s wanted list.

Is likely there will be around 20 chief judges, and that the nationality of the judges should be Iraqi, Al-Barak said.

Preparations for beginning the trials, such as selection of the judges, are scheduled to be completed by June 30, the day Iraq is to regain its independence, he said.

Iraqi criminal law, established in 1969 before Saddam gained power, will be sufficient for the planned tribunal, he said.

To increase the legitimacy of the trials, the council hopes to invite overseas experts.

22 billion yen aid plan Japan will give 22 billion yen worth of equipment and supplies to Iraq as reconstruction aid, including assistance to help boost its power supply and repair water purification plants in Baghdad, Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi said Sunday.

Speaking on an NHK program, Kawaguchi said Japan will provide 27 mobile electricity transformers that will improve the power supply for 270,000 households, while repairs to the water purification facilities will help bring clean water to 1.08 million people.

Japan will also provide Iraq with 70 fire engines and replace equipment at 13 major hospitals, she said.

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