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Al-Arabiya Airs Saddam Hearing Excerpt

The Arabic satellite channel Al-Arabiya has aired footage showing Saddam Hussein appearing before a tribunal investigating crimes the former Iraqi dictator allegedly committed.

Al-Arabiya said the hearing was held Thursday.

The tape showed a tribunal official reading charges against Saddam, including the confiscation of property belonging to Iraqi Kurds and Shi'ite Muslims.

Saddam interrupted the official at least twice, including to complain that he is not allowed to see his lawyer except at hearings.

On Sunday, a tribunal judge said a date for the start of Saddam's trial could be announced in a matter of days, as investigations are nearing their final stages.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.