The second trial of Saddam Hussein will begin on August 21. In this one he will face charges relating to the campaign against Iraqi Kurds in the late 1980s.
The Iraqi High Tribunal charged Saddam with genocide in April, after investigative judge Ra'id Juhi announced investigators had completed their work gathering witnesses and evidence and were ready to go to trial.
The campaign included the gassing of 5,000 civilians in the village of Halabja in 1988, this will be prosecuted separately.
The total mortality rate is estimated at between 50,000 to 200,000.
The question is, given the ongoing killings of various members of the defence team and instability in Iraq will there be anyone left to conduct the trial?