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Saddam judge survives assassination attempt

[JURIST] A spokesman for the Iraqi High Criminal Court (formerly the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website]) trying Saddam Hussein and seven co-defendants said Saturday that a Kurdish investigative judge for the tribunal had been targeted in an unsuccessful assassination attempt. Munir Hadad [JURIST report; Al-Arabiya TV interview transcript], one of 20 investigative judges, was going through a Baghdad neighborhood Friday in an escorted security convoy when it was attack by armed men. Several vehicles were damaged, but no one was hurt. Iraqi soldiers are reported to have apprehended the attackers. Hadad has not yet been heavily involved in the trial and his role in the current proceedings - now adjourned to January 24 - is unclear. Aljazeera has more.

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