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Saddam Trial Hears Kurdish Testimony of Mass Execution


An Iraqi Kurd has told the court trying Saddam Hussein that in 1988 Iraqi troops shot dead dozens of Kurdish prisoners and then dumped them into a mass grave.

The witness said he was among the prisoners, but he escaped by pretending he was dead and later climbed out of the grave in the desert of western Iraq.

Following Tuesday's testimony from five Kurdish witnesses, the judge adjourned proceedings until November 7.

The trial of the former Iraqi leader and six co-defendants involves the so-called Anfal campaign. Prosecutors say Saddam's forces killed 180,000 Kurdish civilians in 1988.

A verdict in Saddam's first trial for the killing of Shi'ites is expected November 5. He faces the death penalty for allegedly ordering the deaths of 148 Shi'ite villagers.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.
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