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Chronology of the trial

November 6, 2006

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2005

Oct. 19: Saddam Hussein and seven codefendants go on trial in the Green Zone in Baghdad for crimes against humanity, including torture and murder for the killings of 148 Shi'ites in 1982 in the town of Dujail. They plead not guilty.

Nov. 28: Former US attorney general Ramsey Clark joins the defense team.

Dec. 22: Hussein accuses American military guards of beating and torturing him and his codefendants.

2006

Jan. 14: Judge resigns, blaming government interference and harsh public criticism. Eight days later, a new judge is named.

Feb. 14: Hussein begins a hunger strike.

April 5: Hussein is cross-examined for the first time and dismisses evidence against him as fake.

June 19: The prosecution calls for the death penalty.

July 26: Hussein says that if he is found guilty and condemned to die, he wants to be shot, not hanged, befitting his status as a world leader.

Oct 29: Prosecution says a verdict is expected on Nov. 5. If found guilty, Hussein can get the death penalty, or life in prison. In either case, an appeal is automatic.

Yesterday: Hussein is convicted and sentenced to death by hanging .

SOURCES: BBC, Reuters

Kathleen Hennrikus/Globe staff

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