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Trial Against Saddam to Open Wednesday

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Ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein goes on trial Wednesday for the killing of more than 140 Iraqis following a failed attempt on his life. The former leader and seven members of his regime are accused of ordering the 1982 massacre in the town of al-Dujail. If convicted, they could receive the death penalty. It will be the first test for the Iraqi tribunal set up to try former regime members, including Saddam who has been accused of various rights violations. A leading rights group, however, has expressed concern over the fairness of the Iraqi court, saying there are inadequate measures to ensure that those accused can defend themselves. Human Rights Watch called on the court to make changes or risk violating international standards on fair trials.
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