Saddam Verdict May Move Until After U.S. Elections


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It seems the planned delivery of a verdict in Saddam Hussein's trial may be delayed from November 5th, curiously close to the election, until sometime after the election.

Any question of the original date's timing being related to the midterm elections in the U.S. has been denied as coincidental, but the delay comes after days of public feuding between U.S. officials and the government of Prime Minister al-Maliki.

A guilty verdict could reflect positively on [President George W.] Bush as a vindication of his policy to overthrow Saddam in 2003. The former Iraqi president is also on trial separately on charges of genocide against the country's ethnic Kurds in the late 1980s.

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