Saddam Could Testify Tomorrow

March 12, 2006 - Posted at 12:59 p.m. CST

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) _ Three of Saddam Hussein's co-defendants

have testified that they had nothing to do with the deaths of

Shiites in the 1980s.

It's part of a new phase of the former Iraqi president's trial,

which has adjourned until tomorrow. The trial resumed today after a

nearly two-week break. Until today, the prosecution had been

presenting witnesses and documents.

Today, three former officials in Saddam's ruling Baath Party

stood one by one for direct questioning by the chief judge and

prosecutors about the crackdown against Shiites after a 1982

assassination attempt against Saddam.

Saddam is expected to be the last defendant to testify and could

take the stand tomorrow.

Saddam and seven former members of his regime are on trial for

the deaths of 148 Shiites and the illegal imprisonment and torture

of residents in the town of Dujail. They could be executed by

hanging if convicted.

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