A verdict in the first trial of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein will not be issued on October 16 as scheduled, and the judges are considering whether to recall some witnesses, a court spokesman said today.
The Baghdad court is due to convene October 16 for the first time since it adjourned on July 27 to allow the five-judge panel to consider their verdicts against Saddam and seven co-defendants on charges of crimes against humanity for a crackdown against Shiites in the 1980s.
But court spokesman Raid Juhi said the October 16 session “will not be for the verdict. It’s for the judges’ review of the evidence.”
Juhi said he could not say when the verdict would be issued.