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The trial of Saddam Hussein, the former Iraqi president, for crimes against humanity has adjourned in Baghdad until October 16, when a verdict is expected.

The defence team in Saddam Hussein's trial has begun its closing arguments and officials say a verdict for his role in the deaths of 148 Shias in 1982 could come in September.

Iraq's former deputy prime minister has used the latest session of the trial of Saddam Hussein to attack the country's new US-backed government.

The former judge who sentenced 148 Shia to death in the 1980s has been recalled for questioning in Saddam Hussein's trial but said the suspects had received a fair hearing.

The trial of Saddam Hussein and seven former aides charged with crimes against humanity has been adjourned until Monday after  more than five hours of hearings.

Hanging Saddam Hussein will bring new sectarian bloodshed and divide Iraqis forever, his American lawyer has said on Friday, complaining that the former leader could not receive a fair trial in such a climate of fear.
Hanging Saddam Hussein would bring new sectarian bloodshed and divide Iraqis forever, his American lawyer said on Friday.

Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein has admitted that he ordered the trial of those suspected of involvement in an assassination attempt on him in the town of Dujail.

Deposed Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and seven other officials have been charged with crimes against humanity.

Saddam Hussein's trial for alleged crimes against humanity has been adjourned to 28 November after an initial sitting in Baghdad.
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