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Investigative hearings for Saddam aides begin in Iraq

[JURIST] Iraqi judges Saturday began investigative pre-trial hearings for Sultan Hashim Ahmad, Saddam Hussein's last defense chief, and Ali Hassan al-Majid (Chemical Ali), another former defense minister. Saddam and eleven of his deputies face prosecution for alleged crimes during Saddam's three-decade rule. Today's hearings before a panel of investigative judges set up by the Iraqi Special Tribunal were closed to the media, but the Tribunal released video after the close of questioning. The Tribunal said lawyers for the men were present. AP has more, along with a video report including footage released by the tribunal.

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