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New genocide charges as Saddam case resumes

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New genocide charges as Saddam case resumes


The trial of Saddam Hussein has resumed in Baghdad a day after the court announced that the ousted Iraqi leader would face new charges of genocide against the country’s Kurdish population in the late 1980s. There was further controversy when Saddam immediately accused the Iraqi Interior Ministry of killing and torturing thousands of Iraqis. He also refused to sign documents, saying that only an international court would be fair.

Saddam, who is already charged with crimes against humanity, is facing further charges over what is known as ‘the Anfal campaign’ in the late 1980s. Kurds say more than 100,000 people were killed and thousands of villages destroyed in ground and air offensives. The other accusations are over the killing of 148 Shi’ite Muslim men and boys in the town of Dujail in 1982.
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