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Iraqi court official says Saddam trial date still not set

[JURIST] An official from the Iraqi Special Tribunal [JURIST news archive; official website] established to try Saddam Hussein said Saturday that no date has been set for the former dictator's trial, despite a report earlier this week that the date would be set soon [JURIST report]. Responding to reports that the trial could take place in the next two months, the official said, "These are just predictions and we are not responsible for such statements." He confirmed that investigations are nearly complete into Saddam's role in Shiite villager murders as retaliation for an assassination attempt against him in 1982. But investigations into other crimes against humanity and genocide could take more time. After the investigations are completed, the information will be sent to a chief judge to set the trial date. Reuters has more.

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