Saddam Hussein on trial (file photo) (epa)
April 5, 2006 -- The trial of deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein for the killings of 148 Shi'a two decades ago resumed in Baghdad today.
The only defendant present in court, Hussein denounced the Iraqi Interior Ministry, accusing it of killing and torturing thousands of Iraqis.
On April 4, the court announced that Hussein would face new charges of genocide against the Kurds in the late 1980s.
Hussein and his senior aides have been on trial since October for the killings of 148 Shi'ite men after an assassination attempt on him in the town of Al-Dujayl in 1982.
(compiled from agency reports)
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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