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First Court Case of Hussein Stems From Killings in Village in ’82

The Iraqi court set up to hear cases against Saddam Hussein and his top aides plans to bring him to trial by late summer or early fall in its first case, involving the 1982 killings of nearly 160 men from Dujail, a predominantly Shiite village north of Baghdad, after he survived an assassination attempt there, according to a senior Iraqi court official. By scheduling an early trial for Mr. Hussein on a small fraction of the accusations against him, the Iraqi Special Tribunal has effectively ceded to pressure from Iraq’s transitional government, settling a behind-the-scenes power struggle involving American lawyers who have guided the tribunal’s work since the court was established last year. Full Story

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