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Saddam to face court tomorrow.

SADDAM HUSSEIN is to face charges before an Iraqi court tomorrow, said the country's new Prime Minister Iyad Allawi.

The former dictator - who is accused of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity - was transferred to Iraqi legal custody today but will remain in an US-run jail because the Baghdad government does not have a suitable detention facility.

The announcement came after the surprise handover of sovereignty to Mr Allawi's interim government, two days ahead of schedule.

Prime Minister Tony Blair has promised Iraqis Britain would remain a friend of their country.

He said the handover of power was absolute and said the multi-national force would stay in Iraq only as long as the new government wanted it.

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FACING JUSTICE: Former dictator Saddam Hussein
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