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Saddam trial could get off to slow start, source says

[JURIST] A source close to the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website; JURIST news archive] said Sunday that the trial of Saddam Hussein [JURIST archive], scheduled for October 19th [JURIST report], might be adjourned after several days of procedural arguments. Hussein's lawyer Khalil Dulaimi filed petitions [JURIST report] last month seeking to delay the trial, in addition to a petition challenging the jurisdiction [AP report] of the Iraqi tribunal. The source predicted that the October 19th start date would be "the beginning of an ongoing process," and cautioned reporters not to expect the appearance of witnesses or the accused during the first week of trial. Reuters has more.

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