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18 July 2005

Defense Department Report, July 18: Iraq Update

Iraqi Special Tribunal articulates first charge against Saddam Hussein

Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein will go on trial soon for his alleged role in the 1982 massacre of citizens in Dujail, site of a failed attempt to assassinate him.

Investigative judges with the Iraqi Special Tribunal have finished questioning Saddam Hussein about events in the Iraqi city, where more than 140 Iraqi civilians were executed in retribution for the attempted assassination.

Khaleel Aboud Aldelami leads Saddam Hussein’s legal defense team.  The former Iraqi leader could eventually face as many as 11 additional charges.

Also facing trial for crimes they allegedly committed in connection with the deaths on Dujail are Saddam Hussein’s half-brother Barzan Ibrahim Hassan al-Tikrit, who served as a presidential adviser; former Iraqi vice president Taha Yassin Ramadan al-Jizrawi; and the former chief of the Revolutionary Court, Awad Hamad al-Badar al-Bender.  These defendants are in Iraqi custody in Baghdad.

An opening date for the trial has yet to be announced, but press reports indicate that the trial could begin as early as September.

The chief judge of Iraq’s Special Tribunal, Judge Raeed Juhi, said an announcement on the trial’s commencement could come within days.

The Iraq Special Tribunal was established by the Coalition Provisional Authority, which administered Iraq from May 2003 to June 2004.

Additional information about the tribunal is available on its Web site.

(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site:

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