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Iraqi tribunal to hear testimony from ailing prosecution witness

[JURIST] Although the Saddam Hussein trial [JURIST news archive] has been delayed until next month [JURIST report], a key witness seriously ill with cancer will testify before the trial resumes, presiding Judge Rizgar Amin announced Thursday. The witness, Wadah Ismael al-Sheikh, was a senior Iraqi intelligence officer serving in Dujail during the 1982 massacre [NPR audio report] at issue in the trial. Hussein, along with seven co-defendants has been charged with murder, torture, forced expulsions and illegal imprisonment. Amin has said that al-Sheikh will testify shortly from his hospital bed, though lawyers involved with the case have said that testimony will occur during a Sunday session [AP report]. Reuters has more.


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