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Saddam prosecutor says ailing defense witness has died

[JURIST] The ailing former senior Iraqi intelligence officer who in late October became the first witness to testify [JURIST report] in the trial of ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has died, the chief prosecutor of the case before the Iraqi High Criminal Court (formerly the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website]) said Friday. Waddah al-Sheikh had been suffering from cancer but had agreed to give recorded testimony to three judges; defense lawyers who were then boycotting the trial after the kidnapping and murder of a colleague did not attend the proceeding. Al-Sheikh served the Saddam regime at the time of the Dujail massacre for which Hussein is currently charged and gave evidence that prosecutor Jafaar al-Mousawi described as being "on the side of the victims" before dying on October 27, four days afterwards. Additional witnesses are expected to testify against Hussein when his trial resumes [JURIST report] on November 28. AP has more.

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