However, Mr Allawi hasn’t said who will go on trial, nor confirm when Mr Hussein himself will appear in court.

Mr Hussein, who with 11 of his top Baathist-regime officials has been captured by coalition forces, is being held at Camp Cropper, near Baghdad airport. But the former leader’s defence team has immediately disputed the validity of the planned trials.

“The interrogation (of detainees) in the absence of their lawyers is invalid and the accusations made against them are also invalid according to legal rules,” says a spokesman for the defence lawyers.

The interim government originally said Mr Hussein, who could face the death penalty, would go on trial after the January 30 elections, but the ongoing insurgency has moved forward the date of his arraignment.

Even so, Mr Allawi today confirmed that violence was likely to increase even further after the promised January 30 elections.

“Terrorist strikes and attacks will not stop after the elections. On the contrary, they will increase because this is a fight between good and evil,” the interim PM told parliament.

Mr Allawi announced that the insurgency had been dealt a blow with the killing of an aide to Iraq’s most wanted man, Jordanian Islamist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the alleged leader of several insurgent activities throughout Iraq.

In the latest violence, at least eight Iraqis have been killed in two suicide car bomb attacks in as many days near an entrance to the secure Green Zone, home of the interim government and foreign embassies.

Fighting again erupted in the Sunni Muslim city of Fallujah over the weekend, forcing the military to call in air strikes on rebel positions.

And the bodies of 14 men killed with a single bullet to the head were found in a cemetery in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Mr Allawi also says that 500 corpses had been found in a mass grave near Suleimaniyah, north of Baghdad.

The bodies were believed to be those of hundreds of Kurds killed by the regime in the late 1980s.

Internationally, Iraq has urged world leaders to help it find more than one million people who have gone missing or disappeared since Mr Hussein’s regime was toppled.

Officials from donor governments, UN agencies and other advocacy groups are meeting to discuss Iraq’s human rights situation with Human Rights Minister Bakhtiar Amin, and Justice Minister Malek Dohan Al-Hassan, in Geneva over the next couple of days.

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