The ousted Iraqi leader did not attend the session today. Hussein and the other former senior officials are charged with the killing of 148 Shi'a after an attempt on his life in 1982.
He faces a second trial in a month on charges of genocide against Iraq's Kurds.
READFormer 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)