Iraqi Court to Rule January 8 in Case of Gunman in Deadly Anti-UN Attack

Published December 19th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

An Iraqi court is to rule on January 8 in the case of a gunman who carried out a deadly attack on offices of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Al-Rafidain newspaper reported on Tuesday. 

Lawyer Abdul Latif al-Rudhan, quoted in the weekly, said his client Fuad Hussein Haidar could "not be accused of murder but of only having burst into the FAO offices without authorization." 

The trial of the Iraqi gunman opened on November 6. 

Haidar, a 38-year-old car mechanic, shot dead two UN employees, the Somali deputy head of the FAO's Baghdad office, Yusuf Abdullah, and an Iraqi computer expert in the attack with a Kalashnikov assault rifle. 

Seven others were wounded. 

After surrendering to Iraqi authorities, Haidar said he wanted to draw attention to the "genocide of thousands of Iraqis" under the UN embargo, which has been in force since Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait. 

The FAO employs around 40 staffers in Baghdad -- BAGHDAD (AFP)  

 

 

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