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Saddam trial should start before Iraq constitution poll, say Shiite leaders

[JURIST] Senior Shiite political leaders said Tuesday that the trial of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein for crimes against humanity should get under way before any vote is taken on a new permanent constitution for Iraq. Muwafaq al-Rubaie, a national security advisor to the outgoing government of Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi and a member of the Shiite United Iraqi Alliance [Wikipedia entry] told AFP that would be surprised if Saddam was not "in the box" by the end of the year, and said he hoped he would be on trial before the Iraqi Special Tribunal [governing statute] by September or October, before Iraqis go the polls again to vote on the constitution drafted by the recently elected national assembly, slated to meet for the first time March 16. AFP has more.

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