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Hussein Takes The Stand

Saddam Hussein is on the stand this morning at his trial in Baghdad. He and seven co-defendants are accused of imprisoning, torturing, and killing 148 Iraqi shi-ites in the 1980's.

Hussein gave his name and date of birth. When he was asked for his qualifications, he said, "The president of Iraq."

The former Iraqi leader called the proceedings a comedy. Earlier today, Saddam Hussein's half- brother denied any involvement. But says the crackdown after Saddam Hussein escaped a 1982 assassination attempt was justified.

Last month, Hussein admitted in court that he ordered the Shiites to be put on trial before his Revolutionary Court, but said it was his right to do so because they were suspected of trying to kill him.

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