- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - The University of Colorado has given Iraqi Kurdish officials copies of documents from the Iraqi secret police said to detail human rights violations under former dictator Saddam Hussein.

The Boulder Daily Camera reports (https://tinyurl.com/oaz8jnk ) digital copies of about 5 million pages were handed over Tuesday at CU-Boulder.

Kurdish rebels seized the documents from government sites in 1991. They were airlifted to the United States for safekeeping and stored at CU.

Officials say the documents describe torture, disappearances and the use of chemical weapons by the secret police against Iraqi Kurds. They were used to build a legal case against Hussein, who was captured and executed after the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

The original documents were returned to the U.S. State Department in 2005, and CU’s Norlin Library kept digital copies.

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Information from: Daily Camera, https://www.dailycamera.com/


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