Saddam's Trial

Saddam faces trial for gassing Kurds, executing political, religious leaders

Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and his top lieutenants may face a range of charges from gassing thousands of Kurds to executing political and religious leaders.

The potential charges are outlined in a list obtained by The Associated Press from the special tribunal. The list shows prosecutors seem to be concentrating on 14 cases concerning his alleged crimes.

Among them are the killing and deportation of eight-thousand members of a powerful Kurdish tribe. It also includes the 1988 chemical weapons attack on a Kurdish town that killed an estimated five-thousand people.

The charges also include the executions of prominent religious and political figures.