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Iraq president expects Saddam Hussein trial within two months

[JURIST] Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] could face trial for war crimes within two months according to comments made Tuesday by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani [Wikipedia profile] in a CNN interview. Talabani said that the Iraqi people were "starting to ask for executing Saddam Hussein" but Hussein's lawyer expressed surprise that the trial, which Iraqi prosecutors and their US advisors claim will likely begin in 2006, would be speeded up. Hussein is being held at a high security complex near Baghdad airport and will be tried before the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website, English version; JURIST news archive]. AP has more.

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