Hussein was appearing in court to face charges of genocide related to the killing of thousands of Kurds in northern Iraq.
Hussein was sentenced to death on November 5 in a separate court case for the deaths of 148 Shi'a after a failed 1982 assassination bid against him in the village of Al-Dujayl.
(AP, AFP, Reuters)
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