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Saddam trial to hear key evidence

Saddam trial to hear key evidence
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Prosecutors say they are going to present compelling evidence against Saddam Hussein when his trial resumes today. The centrepiece will be documents allegedly signed by the former Iraqi leader ordering the execution of 148 people in the town of Dujail in 1982.

Saddam has pleaded not guilty to the charges relating to the massacre, which was an apparent response to a failed assassination attempt. Eight prosecution witnesses have given evidence so far, with descriptions of torture and persecution under Saddam. A further four to five people will be called to testify against Saddam and his seven co-defendants today. The former president boycotted the previous hearing after telling the judge to “go to Hell”, but he is expected to be present later. The Dujail case is only part of his trial, with charges relating to invasion of Kuwait in 1990 and the killing of political opponents likely to be heard next year.