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.