The prosecutors sought to show that al-Bandar Sa'dun gave 148 Shi'ites only a cursory trial following a 1982 assassination attempt on Hussein in the town of Al-Dujayl.
The defendants were subsequently executed.
Hussein did not attend the court session.
The trial has adjourned until April 12.
(AP, AFP, Reuters)
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