Saddam questioned about Shiites before Special Tribunal

Saddam questioned about Shiites before Special Tribunal

[JURIST] Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has been questioned about the repression of a Shiite uprising in 1991 that occured after US and coalition forces pushed the Iraqi army out of Kuwait, Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website; JURIST news archive] investigating judge Raid Juhi said Friday. Saddam was interrogated alone Thursday during the 45-minute hearing and Juhi said he expects to wrap up the criminal investigation into Saddam's alleged crackdown against Shiites in southern Iraq, as well as his efforts to force Iraqi Kurds from the northern regions of Iraq. Saddam is expected to stand trial beginning in September for his alleged role in the 1982 massacre of Shiite Muslims in Dujail [JURIST report] in what will be the first of multiple trials involving Saddam and his closest allies. AP has more.