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06/13/05 - Baghdad, Iraq

New Video of Saddam's Questioning Released

A Palestinian woman holds a framed photograph of jailed former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein during a rally to demand the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen) A Palestinian woman holds a framed photograph of jailed former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein during a rally to demand the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

by Paul Garwood, Associated Press Writer

The tribunal that will put Saddam Hussein on trial released a new video Monday of the former dictator being questioned by magistrates about the killing of 50 Iraqis in retaliation for a failed assassination attempt in 1982.

The video from the Iraqi Special Tribunal showed a bearded Saddam wearing a dark-colored jacket and white open-collared shirt being questioned by chief judge Raid Juhi. Four other members of Saddam's administration also were shown in the video.

It was unclear when the video was made, and Saddam's chief lawyer, Khalil al-Duleimi, said he would have to see it before commenting. The tribunal said the lawyer was present during the questioning.

An announcement that accompanied the tape said Saddam was being questioned about crimes related to the execution of at least 50 Iraqis in 1982 in the Shiite town ofDujail, 50 miles north of Baghdad, in retaliation for the failed assassination attempt.

In Monday's violence, four suicide car bombings and other insurgent attacks Monday killed 10 people, and at least 16 Iraqis were wounded after militants opened fire on authorities trying to evacuate the injured from one of the blasts.

The wave of attacks in Baghdad, Samarra and Tikrit came as radical anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr met with the Russia ambassador and tribal chiefs from the insurgent hotbeds of Fallujah and Ramadi. Russia and al-Sadr fiercely opposed the war.

The new video also depicted Hussein Rashid Mohammed, a former Republican Guard general, and Taher Tawfiq al-Ani, a senior Baath party official and adviser on Kurdish affairs. They were questioned concerning the 1987-88 Anfal campaign, a depopulation plan in which hundreds of thousands of Kurds were killed or expelled from northern Iraq.

The two other men shown on the video were Barzan Abd al-Ghafur Sulayman Majid al-Tikriti and Muzahim Sa'b Hassan al-Tikriti. The first was a special Republican Guard commander and Saddam's cousin who was captured on July 23, 2003. He was No. 11 on the American list of most-wanted Iraqis. The other headed Iraq's air defenses under Saddam and who was captured on April 23, 2003. He was 12th on the list.

They were questioned about the 1991 suppression of a Shiite uprising in southern Iraq.

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