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Kurd named as chief judge in Saddam trial
Updated: 2005-10-19 16:50

The judge who will preside over the trial of Saddam Hussein on charges of crimes against humanity was named on Wednesday by U.S. officials, shortly before the trial opened, as Rizgar Mohammed Amin.

Amin, an ethnic Kurd in his late 40s from the northern city of Sulaimaniya, had previously confirmed his role privately to reporters. He was named in an information sheet handed to reporters at the courtroom by U.S. officials.

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