July 17, 2005

Saddam Hussein charged, trial to begin in days

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's special tribunal has laid the
first charges against Saddam Hussein for crimes committed
during the former president's rule.

The tribunal's chief investigating judge said on Sunday
that Saddam had been charged along with three other defendants
in connection with the killing of Shi'ite Muslims in the
village of Dujail, north of Baghdad, in 1982.

The judge, Raed Jouhi, said court proceedings against
Saddam and the others could begin "within days."