Monday, July 18, 2005

Charges laid against Saddam

First charges have been laid against Saddam Hussein.

The charges relate to the killing of Shi'ite Muslims in the village of Dujail, north of Baghdad, in 1982.

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

According to Iraq's justice system there must be at least 45 days between charges being brought and a trial beginning.

Diplomatic sources in Baghdad said Jouhi was probably referring to pre-trial motions rather than the trial itself.