updated 10/3/2006 8:41:52 AM ET 2006-10-03T12:41:52

A verdict in Saddam Hussein’s first trial will not be issued on Oct. 16 as scheduled, and the judges are considering whether to recall some witnesses, a court spokesman said Tuesday.

The court is due to convene Oct. 16 for the first time since it adjourned July 27 to allow the five-judge panel to consider their verdicts against the former Iraqi leader and seven co-defendants on charges of crimes against humanity for a crackdown against Shiites in the 1980s.

But court spokesman Raid Juhi said the session “will not be for the verdict. It’s for the judges’ review of the evidence.” Juhi said he could not say when the verdict would be issued.

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