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Saddam Hussein in court on April 5 (epa)
April 6, 2006 -- The trial of Saddam Hussein and his former senior aides has resumed in Baghdad.
Hussein did not attend the initial morning session.
Prosecutors are questioning one of his co-defendants, the former head of the Revolutionary Court, Awad Hamad al-Bandar.
Hussein and his senior aides are on trial for the deaths of 148 Shi'a following a 1982 assassination attempt on him in the town of Al-Dujayl.
The prosecutors are seeking to show that al-Bandar's Revolutionary Court gave the Shi'a only a cursory trial on the attempted assassination charges.
(AP, AFP, Reuters)
A protester in Baghdad carries a picture of a relative killed at Al-Dujayl (AFP file photo)
Former Iraqi dictator SADDAM HUSSEIN
and seven of his associates went on trial on October 19, 2005, on charges of crimes against humanity for the regime's role in the deaths of 148 residents from the town of Al-Dujayl, and the imprisonment of 1,500 others following a botched assassination attempt against Hussein there on July 8, 1982. Following the arrests and deportations, the regime leveled the town... (more)
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