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Iraq tribunal releases new interrogation footage of Saddam deputies

[JURIST] The Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website] released silent footage Sunday from a judicial interrogation last week of six of Saddam Hussein's former lieutenants concerning the killing and deportation of Shiite Kurds and the repression of a Shiite revolt in 1991 after the first Gulf War. Saddam's half-brothers Barzan Ibrahim Hassan al-Tikriti [profile] and Watban Ibrahim Hassan al-Tikriti [profile], three senior Ba'ath party [BBC backgrounder] leaders, and a former paramilitary commander were among those questioned. The interrogations occurred before investigating judges, a defense lawyer, and prosecutors. Earlier this month the Iraqi tribunal released video of Saddam Hussein himself being questioning [JURIST report]. The special court's independence and competence to try Saddam have been criticized, most recently by Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari [Wikipedia profile] who blamed the judges [JURIST report] last week for not beginning Saddam's trial sooner after his capture in December 2003. AFP has more.

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