Saddam Hussein at a previous court session (epa)
May 15, 2006 -- The trial of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and seven co-defendants resumed in Baghdad today after a three-week delay.
The defendants face charges of crimes against humanity in the killing of 148 Shi'a following a 1982 assassination attempt on Hussein in the town of Al-Dujayl.
Defense lawyers are expected to begin presenting their case, and reports say defense witnesses could be called to give testimony as early as today's session.
Hussein and his co-defendants say they are not guilty.
The Tragedy At Al-Dujayl
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)