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Standing trial: Saddam Hussein

The trial of deposed Iraqi president Saddam Hussein began in Baghdad on Wednesday.

He appeared in court to face charges that he ordered the killing of 143 people in the Shia town of Dujail in 1982. If convicted, he will be given the death penalty.

Seven senior ministers of his toppled regime are also facing similar charges.

Saddam Hussein addresses judges at his trial held under tight security in Baghdad's Green Zone.

Photographs:Ben Curtis-Pool/Getty Images

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