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Since October 19, 2005, Saddam Hussein and seven other former Iraqi officials have been on trial for crimes that took place in the town of al-Dujail in 1982. Government security forces allegedly detained and tortured hundreds of individuals from al-Dujail in retaliation for an assassination attempt on Saddam Hussein as his motorcade passed through the town, sixty kilometers north of Baghdad. One hundred and forty-eight individuals were allegedly executed as part of the attack on al-Dujail. The defendants are charged with crimes against humanity in relation to these events and are being tried in Baghdad before the Iraqi High Tribunal (“the Tribunal”).

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