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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

 

AP: Saddam OKd Shiite executions

By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press Writer -- Tuesday - 1 hour, 23 minutes ago

Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein listens to one of the prosecutors as his trial resumes in Baghdad Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2006. Saddam and seven co-defendants are on trial for torture, illegal arrests and the killing of nearly 150 people from Dujail after a 1982 assassination attempt on Saddam in the town. They face death by hanging if convicted. (AP Photo/Bob Strong, Pool)BAGHDAD, Iraq - Prosecutors at Saddam Hussein's trial presented a document Tuesday they said was signed by the former leader, right, approving the executions of more than 140 Shiites in southern Iraq after an assassination attempt in the 1980s.

After about two hours of hearing documents, the court adjourned until Wednesday.

The document was among several presented by chief prosecutor Jaafar al-Moussawi concerning the killings of Shiites from the town of Dujail in 1982.

A memo from the Revolutionary Court, dated June 14, 1984, announced that 148 suspects had been sentenced to death by hanging and listed their names. The prosecutor said the signature on the memo was that of the court's head, Awad al-Bandar, one of Saddam's co-defendants.

A document dated two days later was a presidential order approving all 148 death sentences. The paper was signed by Saddam, al-Moussawi said, displaying the document with the signature on a screen in the court room.

The sentences were passed after an "imaginary trial," al-Moussawi told the court.

"None of the defendants were brought to court. Their statements were never recorded," he said.

The documents were presented after Saddam's lawyers ended their monthlong boycott of the tribunal.

Full AP-Yahoo News story.

Dave Haigler, Abilene, Texas
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