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Hussein Trial Resumes After Two-Week Break --> Hussein at his trial earlier this month (epa) 21 December 2005  -- The trial of Saddam Hussein resumed today after a two-week break.

The former Iraqi leader -- who had refused to attend the previous session -- was in the courtroom today.

Hussein seven former aides are on trial over the deaths of more than 140 Shi'ite Muslims following a 1982 assassination attempt against him in the town of Al-Dujayl, north of Baghdad.

Hussein's codefendants were also in the courtroom today.

The trial is being heard by Iraq's Special Tribunal in a heavily guarded courtroom inside Baghdad's Green Zone.


The Presiding Judge

On November 11, 2005, RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq (RFI) spoke with Iraqi Special Tribunal presiding Judge Rizgar Muhammad Amin about the trial of ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and seven of his associates... (more)