Saddam Hussein was convicted and executed for crimes associated with the Dujali Massacre, which resulted in the deaths of more than 100 people.
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  • On October 19, 2005, the trial of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein began in Baghdad, Iraq. Hussein was officially charged with crimes (including murder and torture) associated with the Dujali Massacre, an incident that followed an assassination attempt against Hussein in 1982. Hussein was tried by the Iraqi Special Tribunal, an organization established solely to prosecute Hussein and his allies.

    Hussein was found guilty and sentenced to death. He was executed by hanging on December 30, 2006.

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    associate Verb

    to connect.

    establish Verb

    to form or officially organize.

    execute Verb

    to put to death by order of the law or in a well-planned manner.

    incident Noun

    event or happening.

    murder Verb

    to kill a person.

    prosecute Verb

    to accuse and carry out legal action against a person or organization.

    torture Noun

    inflicting pain to force a victim to provide information.