Monday, January 23, 2006


AP: Kurd judge takes over Saddam trial - Jan. 23

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press Writer - 6 minutes ago

BAGHDAD, Iraq - A new judge will take charge temporarily of the tribunal trying Saddam Hussein, below right, and seven co-defendants in the 1982 massacre of more than 140 Shiites, an official said Monday.

SaddamRaouf Rasheed Abdel-Rahman, a Kurd, will preside at the trial that resumes Tuesday, replacing chief judge Rizgar Mohammed Amin, who submitted a letter of resignation on Jan. 15 amid complaints of government criticism in the process, said Raid Juhi, the chief investigator who prepared evidence for the Dujail case.

Juhi said Iraqi authorities were unable to resolve the standoff with Amin, also a Kurd, whose resignation was the latest complication in the case which has already seen two defense lawyers assassinated and a judge step down.

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Dave Haigler, Abilene, Texas
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