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Posted by Jan den Breejen ( on July 22, 2003 at 00:29:02:

Idi Amin

Looks like Agressive Style to me, enjoying to see how people are eaten by crocodiles, one of his pecularities.


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Trial warning for Idi Amin

His wife would want Amin buried in Uganda
A senior Ugandan official has said that ailing former military leader Idi Amin will face trial if he returns from exile.

The Ugandan political party he ousted in 1971 is among those calling for him to be allowed to return from Saudi Arabia to die in his homeland.

Idi Amin, whose 1971 to 1979 regime was one of the bloodiest in African history, reportedly remains in a coma after four days on a life support machine.

An international human rights group has voiced regret that he may die now at liberty instead of in prison.

"We regret that Idi Amin is dying without meeting justice for his crimes," said Reed Brody, director of special prosecutions at Human Rights Watch (HRW).

There are people in this government who... want to dance on Amin's grave

Henry Mayega
In the Ugandan capital, Kampala, an aide to President Yoweri Museveni said that any Ugandan had the right to return to his homeland.

"All Ugandans can return, including Amin," John Nagenda told Reuters news agency.

"However if they return, they will be subject to the full force of the law."

The aide added that President Museveni had the right to pardon the former leader - but after his conviction.

'Escaping justice'

Mr Amin, 78, was said on Monday to be still in a critical condition in one of Saudi Arabia's top medical centres in the port city of Jeddah.

A hospital official told the Associated Press news agency that his condition had deteriorated on Monday after stabilising on Sunday.

He has lived in Saudi Arabia with his entourage for more than 10 years after spending almost a decade in Libya following his overthrow in 1979.

HRW said that while it was "increasingly possible to prosecute dictators outside their home countries... the trend didn't catch up with Mr Amin in time".

The Ugandan People's Congress (UPC), which is now in opposition, has said the government has a responsibility to look after Mr Amin as a Ugandan citizen and former head of state.

"There are people in this government who... want to dance on Amin's grave," UPC official Henry Mayega told Reuters.

"The government's job is to look after Ugandans, which is not the case here."

'Decent burial'

One of Mr Amin's several wives, Madina, has confirmed that the family has asked the Ugandan Government for permission to bring his body home if he dies.

The former leader, she said, had suffered from hypertension for some time and fell into the coma on Friday.


Ugandan Asians - A refugee success story

Mr Amin has not been back to Uganda since he was ousted by Tanzanian troops and Ugandan exiles.

The BBC's Will Ross reports from Kampala that deep wounds remain even 24 years after he fled the country.

He says those who are old enough will never forget the nature of Idi Amin's eight-year dictatorial rule when Ugandans were gripped by a climate of fear.

Up to 400,000 people are estimated to have died during his time in office or are still unaccounted for.

Under Mr Amin, Asians in Uganda who dominated business in the country were given 90 days to leave the country, as he embarked on a programme to Africanise the economy.

Many fled to the United Kingdom.

He confiscated all their properties, which he distributed to his cronies, who later ran them down.

A whole generation of Ugandan intellectuals were either killed for questioning the regime or fled into exile.

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