The former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and seven of his most loyal lieutenants are to be tried from October the 19th. on.
A court in Baghdad made the announcement at a press conference. It will be alleged that Saddam Hussein is responsible for the massacre in 1982 of nearly150 people in Doujail, north of Baghdad. Homes were razed, and the rest of the population was sent into internal exile for four years. The massacre was in retaliation for a failed assasination attempt that took place in the village on the president’s convoy. Spokesman Leith Koubba said he believed that if the former strongman was found guilty right at the start of trial he thought it was likely he would be sentenced to death. It is not clear if that sentence would be carried out.