A Dutch appeals court has indicated that it is studying the possibility of hearing testimony from Saddam Hussein as a witness in the appeals case of Frans Van Anraat a Dutch businessman, convicted for supplying chemicals used in gas attacks on Kurdish villages in Iraq in the 1980's.
Lawyers for Van Anraat have asked that Saddam and his cousin Ali Hassan al-Majid be called as witnesses.
The appeals court has asked an investigative judge to see if Saddam and other members of his regime could be heard "in the short term".
Van Anraat was sentenced to 15 years in prison, on December 23 2005, on charges of abetting war crimes.
Van Anraat lived as a fugitive in Iraq for 14 years, until the US invasion in 2003.
The date for the decision as to whether to call Saddam has not been released.