HL Deb 08 March 2004 vol 658 c140WA
Lord Morris of Manchester

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Since the defeat of Saddam Hussein, what they have learnt about the fate of Kuwait's prisoners-of-war following the 1990–91 Gulf War; and what role their families will be allowed in the legal process now facing Hussein. [HL1417]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean

572 Kuwaitis, and 33 other nationals, were taken from Kuwait during the 1990–91 occupation. To date, the remains of 75 prisoners of war have now been positively identified from mass graves in Iraq, 67 of which are Kuwaiti. The rest remain unaccounted for. Legal proceedings against Saddam Hussein are a matter for the Iraqis. In December, the Iraqi Governing Council established a special tribunal to try senior members of the former regime. The Iraqi Governing Council are currently discussing the rules and procedures for this tribunal.

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