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Saddam Hussein and his seven fellow defendants in court on May 15 (epa)
May 15, 2006 -- The trial of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and seven co-defendants has been adjourned until May 16 after the judge formally read out the charges against the defendants.
The charges include crimes against humanity in the killing of 148 Shi'a following a 1982 assassination attempt on Hussein in the town of Al-Dujayl.
Hussein refused to enter a plea.
With the reading of charges, the trial enters a new phase, with the defense presenting its case.
All the accused face hanging if convicted.
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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