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Saddam prosecutor's brother assassinated

[JURIST] The brother of a prosecutor assigned to the second Saddam Hussein trial [JURIST news archive] was assassinated Monday morning in front of his house in West Baghdad. Imad al-Faroon was pronounced dead immediately after the shooting, which his wife witnessed. His brother, Muqith al-Faroon, is a chief prosecutor in the genocide case [JURIST report] against Hussein, where he is alleged to have ordered the killings of 100,000 Kurds during the so-called "Anfal" campaigns [HRW backgrounder] of the late 1980s. Last month, the brother-in-law of the chief judge presiding over the Anfal trial was killed [JURIST report], and several other relatives of the judge were injured. In the past year, three lawyers representing Hussein and his seven co-defendants have been killed [JURIST report], and international observers have questioned whether the defendants will receive a fair trial amid the violence.

Also on Monday, the Iraqi High Tribunal announced [JURIST report] that the next hearing in the Anfal case will be on November 5, though the court refused to say whether a verdict will be handed down at that time. AP has more.

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