Five judges selected for upcoming Saddam trial

Five judges selected for upcoming Saddam trial

[JURIST] The Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website] announced Sunday that five as-yet-unnamed judges have been selected to preside over the trial of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] and seven of his associates for the 1982 killings of 143 Shiite Muslims in the village of Dujail [JURIST report]. The trial is set to begin on October 19 [JURIST report], despite motions filed by Hussein defense lawyer Khalil Dulaimi last week requesting a delay [JURIST report]. Dulaimi claims that Hussein’s due process rights have been repeatedly violated by the court because the defense was not “duly informed about any certain date for the trial,” and it had not been given access to all investigation files. The prosecution insists that it has provided Dulaimi with all prosecution documents. If convicted, all eight defendants could be sentenced to death. AFP has more.