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Saddam trial to begin in October, Iraqi official says
Saddam trial to begin in October, Iraqi official says

[JURIST] The Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website; JURIST news archive] will put Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] on trial in mid-October, a government official said Thursday. Hussein will face charges [JURIST report] related to the 1982 killing of 150 Shiites in the village of Dujail [NPR report] "between Oct. 16 and at the latest Oct. 20," just days after Iraq will hold a referendum to approve the draft Iraqi constitution [English translation; JURIST news archive]. The special tribunal will hold a series of trials for specific offenses; in addition to the Dujail charges, the court is also investigating [JURIST report] the 1988 poison gas attack [Wikipedia backgrounder] against the northern Iraq village of Halabja. AP has more.