Jaafar al-Mousawi, the chief prosecutor for the tribunal trying Saddam Hussein, said that yesterday he received the investigating judge's file on Saddam's role in the 1988 Anfal campaign against Kurdish rebels. Anfal saw many thousands of civilians killed.
Mousawi said that the case could now proceed, and be assigned to a second criminal panel that will set a date for the initial court session on the Anfal campaign.
This will be a different trial to the current one that Saddam is attending. However, it is not expected to commence in the near future and at least 45 days notice is required under Iraqi law.
Mousawi expects over eight defendants, including Saddam and his cousin Ali Hassan al-Majeed, to be charged with crimes against humanity in the Anfal case.
The current trial of Saddam is expected to resume tomorrow.