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IRAQ: Government to disband tribunal set up for Saddam Hussein trial

May 4, 2011 |  5:54 pm

A special court set up to prosecute former leader Saddam Hussein and his associates after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq will be disbanded, the Iraqi government said Wednesday.

A proposed law to disband the tribunal has been sent to the parliament, according to a government statement. The legislation sets June 30 as a deadline to close the court, a spokesman, Raid Juhi, told the Associated Press. Juhi said the court had completed its work, aside from a few minor cases.

Hussein was hanged in 2006 for his role in the deaths of more than 140 Shiite Muslims after an attempt on his life in 1982.

The fairness of the court's proceedings, involving the trials of dozens of former officials, has been questioned by members of Iraq's Sunni Muslim community and a number of international human rights organizations.

-- Emal Haidary