Thursday, October 13, 2005

Saddam's trial 'to be televised'

The trial of Iraq's ex-leader Saddam Hussein is to go ahead next week as planned and proceedings will be televised, the chief judge says.

Whether Saddam Hussein faces the death penalty if convicted "will be decided at the last minute," the judge said.

The ex-leader and his aides have been accused of many crimes against humanity - the first charge concerns a massacre in the Shia village of Dujail in 1982.

Saddam's defence team have repeatedly challenged the legitimacy of the trial.

They have said there has been insufficient time to prepare. They have also accused the trial judges of bias.

Source : BBC

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