olivetikreq Posted September 4, 2005 Share Posted September 4, 2005 BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Imprisoned former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein will stand trial beginning Oct. 19, a spokesman for the Iraqi government confirmed Sunday. "We want this trial to be transparent and a national event," spokesman Leith Kubba said. Along with others, Saddam is charged in connection with a series of 1982 detentions and executions following an assassination attempt against him. On July 8, 1982, a convoy carrying Saddam traveled through the town of Dujayl, a Shia village north of Baghdad, and was attacked by a small band of residents. A series of detentions and executions in the town followed the incident. According to Iraq's special tribunal, which filed the first charges against Saddam in July, 15 people were summarily executed and some 1,500 others spent years in prison with no charges and no trial date. Ultimately, another 143 were put on "show trials" and executed, according to the tribunal. Saddam has been in custody since December 2003, when he was captured by U.S. troops. The trial will be held after the Oct. 15 referendum, in which Iraqis will vote on a draft of the country's constitution, Kubba said. The 1982 charges are the first of several Saddam is expected to face. He appeared last year before an Iraqi tribunal to hear a list of preliminary charges against him, including the 1990 invasion of Kuwait; the 1986-88 Anfal campaign against the Kurdish minority in northern Iraq; the 1988 chemical attack on the Kurdish town of Halabja during that campaign; and the suppression of the 1991 revolts by Iraq's Kurdish and Shia populations. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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