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Iraqi Government to Bring 12 Charges Against Saddam

  • VOA Editor

Iraq says it will prosecute Saddam Hussein on 12 well-documented criminal charges, drawn from a list of 500 criminal counts that authorities had considered filing against the jailed ex-dictator. Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari says there is what he called an "abundance of evidence" against the former Iraqi leader. No trial date has been set, but officials predict it will happen within two months. Saddam is expected to face charges related to the 1988 chemical attack on the Kurdish village of Halabja that killed five thousand people, the 1990 invasion of Kuwait and the deadly suppression of Shi'ite Muslims. Meanwhile, the U.S. military found a vast underground insurgent hideout in western Iraq that includes furnished living spaces, fresh food and a massive munitions cache. And Iraqi authorities announced the capture of another senior member of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's al-Qaida in Iraq.
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