Saddam Judge's Relatives Gunned Down
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Kadhim Abdul-Hussein and his son Karrar were shot in their car in the capital's western Ghazaliya neighborhood by unidentified assailants, police 1st Lt. Thaer Mahmoud said.
It was not immediately clear whether they were targeted because they were
related to Judge Mohammed Oreibi al-Khalifa, who took over the Saddam trial last week, or if it was another of the sectarian attacks that have been plaguing Baghdad.
Al-Khalifa took over as the lead judge in the genocide trial of the former Iraqi president after protests of bias from the prosecution saw his predecessor forced out.
The new chief judge has run the trial in a firm manner, tolerating very little disruption from the area where Saddam and six co-defendants sit in the courtroom. He has thrown the deposed president out of the trial several times, which is presently adjourned for a two week recess after a shouting match between the two men ended the last session Tuesday.
Saddam and his six co-defendants have been on trial since Aug. 21 for their roles in a bloody 1987-1988 crackdown against Kurdish rebels. The defendants could face the death penalty if convicted.
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