All eight defendants were in court today when the proceedings got under way.
AFP reported that prosecutors would present documents allegedly proving Hussein and the other officials gave the orders to carry out the killings in Al-Dujayl.
During today's hearing, handwriting experts confirmed Hussein's signature on documents authorizing the summary killings following the attempt on his life. Hussein's lawyer rejected the findings.
(compiled from agency reports)
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