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Saddam Hussein's Trial to Begin Wednesday


The judge in charge of the trial of ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein says the proceedings will be public and may be broadcast on television.

Saddam and seven members of his regime will go on trial Wednesday in Baghdad before an Iraqi panel of judges for their role in the 1982 murders of 143 Shi'ites from the Iraqi town of Dujail. If convicted, they could receive the death penalty.

Saddam's attorney has said he will immediately seek to adjourn the trial, arguing he has not had enough time to review the evidence against his client.

The imprisoned former leader still faces other trials on a variety of charges, including the 1988 gassing of Kurds in the town of Halabja.

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

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