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Ex-Saddam Regime Members to Go on Trial

February 28, 2005

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) _ A special tribunal said Monday that five former members of Saddam Hussein’s regime _ including one of the former dictator’s half brothers _ will go on trial for crimes against humanity.

No date was given for trials to begin, but the announcement marks the first time the special court has issued referrals, which are similar to indictments and represent the final step before trials can start.

The five include Barzan Ibrahim al-Hassan al-Tikriti, one of Saddam’s half brothers, and former vice president Taha Yassin Ramadan. The three others were senior Baath party members.

The five officials are facing charges of crimes against humanity for their alleged involvement in a crackdown in Dujail, 50 miles north of Baghdad, that was organized in retaliation for a failed 1982 assassination attempt against Saddam.

At least 50 Iraqis were allegedly executed in the Shiite town.

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