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Tribunal judge says Saddam probe almost done; trial date expected soon

[JURIST] Raed Juhi, a senior judge on the Iraqi Special Tribunal [JURIST news archive; official website], said Wednesday that the Tribunal's investigations of the case against Saddam Hussein are "more than 80 percent complete". He said the court's investigating judges are not the ones to set a trial date, but according to a source a five-judge panel will set a trial date soon. The Iraqi government has pressed to get the trial started quickly [JURIST report], but shakeups to Saddam's defense team [JURIST report] and alleged outside pressure [JURIST report] have slowed the timetable. AFP has more.

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