Iraqi private court addresses accusations against Saddam
Iraq, Politics, 7/18/2005
An Iraqi court on Sunday addressed accusations to the toppled Iraqi President Saddam Hussein over what it said were crimes committed during his rule.
Chief investigation judge in the court, Raed Jouhi, said that several accusations were addressed to Saddam Hussein, and three other accused persons, concerning the killing of Shiite citizens in al-Dajil village in north Baghdad in 1982.
The judge said that the measures provide for the trial of Saddam and others is likely to start within days, but he did not give mention to the date when the accusations were addressed.
The three accused men are Saddam Barazan al-Takriti, chief of the former Iraqi intelligence, Taha Yassin Ramadan, the former Iraqi Vice President, and Awad Hamad al-Bander, former chief of judges in the "Revolution's Court in Iraq."
It is expected that al-Dajil town killings are the first case in which Saddam is would be tried on. This pertains to killing scores of the people of the village following the assassination attempt against Saddam Hussein as his procession was running in the area. Investigators said that the security forces at that time detained 140 men and killed them following the failed assassination attempt.
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