[JURIST] The Iraqi government announced Sunday that former dictator Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] will face 12 charges at trial. Iraqi government spokesman Laith Kuba told reporters in a press conference that Hussein could have faced nearly 500 charges, but prosecuting him on all charges would be a waste of time. Hussein's trial in front of the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website] is expected to start in the next two months. During a 2004 court appearance, Hussein was informed of seven preliminary charges [BBC backgrounder] against him related to the 'ethnic cleansing' campaign against Kurds in 1998 and the mass murder of Kurdish and Shia rebellions after the 1991 Gulf War. AP has more.