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Iraq PM says Saddam trial will begin in "a matter of months"

[JURIST] Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said Thursday that the trial of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] will commence in a "matter of months" and Hussein may face the death penalty if convicted in a fair trial. The death sentence was suspended in Iraq in 2003 under the US Coalition Provisional Authority [official website], but was afterwards reinstated by the interim Iraqi government. The Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website, in English] has denied [JURIST report] an earlier claim by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani that Saddam would be brought to trial under two months [JURIST report], and they have refused to set an exact schedule for his trial. Hussein is being charged with killing opposition politicians, gassing Kurds [BBC backgrounder], and harshly repressing Shiite and Kurdish uprisings [BBC backgrounder]. AP has more.

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