Saddam accused of trafficking Kurds

Associated Press

BAGHDAD, Iraq | A witness in Saddam Hussein’s genocide trial testified Wednesday that the ousted leader’s agents ran a human-trafficking ring that sold his sister and other Kurdish women in the 1980s.

Defense attorneys and one of Hussein’s co-defendants challenged the charge as hearsay based on a forged document.

Hussein and six other defendants are on trial on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity for their roles in a 1987-88 crackdown on Kurdish guerrillas. The prosecution says that about 180,000 people, mostly civilians, died in the offensive.

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