Interview with main witness in trial of Saddam
***TRUE DATE CREATED = 21/12/2005***
Dujail - December 20
1. Street leading to Ahmed Hussein's house
2. Exterior of Hussein's house
3. Various people sitting on floor inside Hussein's house
4. Hussein and another man seated inside house
5. SOUNDBITE (Arabic): Ahmed Hussein, the first witness against Saddam in the tribunal in Dujail case:
''I have 43 documents and 15 verdicts signed by Saddam and his vice-President Taha Yassen Ramadan. So many names, members of former regime were mentioned in these documents.''
6. Pictures of family who died at Dujail
7. SOUNDBITE (Arabic): Ahmed Hussein, first witness in Saddam trial:
''In the past 35 years we didn't have fair trial as it is now with a defendant and witness. Saddam was executing and Barazan, (Saddam's half brother) was executing. Now we have a good judge like Rizgar (Rizgar Mohammed Amin - Chief Judge in Saddam trial). If I was in his shoes, I would beat them (the defendants) severely.''
8. People sitting on floor
9. Exterior of Hussein's house
10. Various of Ahmed Hussein during trial
11. Saddam Hussein in the dock
Saddam Hussein was expected to appear in court when his trial reconvenes in Baghdad on Wednesday.
Two weeks ago he boycotted the last session and vowed not to appear before an "unjust" court, the chief prosecutor and defence lawyers said Tuesday.
Saddam and seven co-defendants are on trial for involvement in the deaths of more than 140 Shiite Muslims following a 1982 assassination attempt against him in the town of Dujail, north of Baghdad.
A key witness in Saddam's trial claims he has documents showing that the former Iraqi dictator was involved in the killings in Dujail.
Ahmed Hussein has already testified before the court
Ahmed Hussein - a resident of Dujail - told AP Television News ''I have 43 documents and 15 verdicts signed by Saddam and his vice-President Taha Yassen Ramadan. So many names, members of former regime were mentioned in these documents.''
Ahmed Hussein went on to praise the senior trial official - and suggested the former dictator should be treated harshly.
"Now we have a good judge like Rizgar (Rizgar Mohammed Amin - Chief Judge in Saddam trial). If I was in his shoes, I would beat them (the defendants) severely.''
Five prosecution witnesses are ready to take the stand on Wednesday, chief prosecutor Jaafar al-Mousawi told The Associated Press by telephone.
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