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Iraqi security official says televised Saddam trial to start before constitution poll

[JURIST] Iraqi National Security Adviser Muwafaq al-Rubie said Saturday that the trial of former President Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] will take place before the currently-scheduled October 15 referendum on the new Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive], and that the trial will be broadcast live on television. Hussein will appear before the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website, English version] on charges likely related to the mass murder of Shias after the 1991 Gulf War, the "ethnic cleansing" of northern Kurds in 1998 and the invasion of Kuwait. Aljazeera has more.

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