HCC resumes 1999 uprising trial sessions.
BAGHDAD, Aug. 3 (VOI) - The Iraqi High Criminal Court (HCC) on Sunday held a new session in the trial of 14 henchmen of the former regime of Saddam Hussein on charges of suppressing the Sadr City uprising in 1999, in which Shiite cleric Mohamed Sadiq al-Sadr, father of Muqtada al-Sadr, was assassinated.
Judge Mohamed Khalifa al-Uraibi opened the session with a plaintiff's testimony describing the events that took place after the assassination of cleric Mohamed al-Sadr. The testimony was followed by statements and questions posed by defendants and their attorneys.
14 defendants of Saddam's Hussein's ousted regime appeared before the court. Among the defendants were Tariq Aziz, former deputy prime minister, Saddam's half brothers Watban Ibrahim Al-Hassan and Sabawi Ibrahim Al-Hassan, his cousin Ali Hassan Al-Majid, in addition to the director of military intelligence Sabir Aziz Al-Douri, as well as a number of other suspects.
The 1999 uprising case is the fifth session overseen by the High Criminal Court since its establishment in 2003. It also tried the cases of al-Dujail uprising, 1991 (Shabban uprising) and merchants execution.
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