New Iraqi judge takes charge of Saddam trial

A new judge will take charge temporarily of the tribunal trying Saddam Hussein and seven co-defendants in the 1982 massacre of more than 140 Shiites, an Iraqi official said Monday.

A new judge will take charge temporarily of the tribunal trying Saddam Hussein and seven co-defendants in the 1982 massacre of more than 140 Shiites, an Iraqi official said Monday.

Raouf Rasheed Abdel-Rahman, a Kurd, will replace existing chief judge Rizgar Mohammed Amin, who submitted a letter of resignation on January 15 amid complaints of government criticism in the trial, said Raid Juhi, the chief investigator who prepared evidence for the Dujail case.

Juhi said Iraqi authorities were unable to resolve the stand-off with Amin, also a Kurd, whose resignation was the latest complication in the case which has already seen two defence lawyers assassinated and a judge step down.

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