The Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has said he hoped Saddam Hussein gets "what he deserves" for what he did to the Iraqi people.

Mr Maliki, who leads a government dominated by Shi'ites and Kurds, has called for calm as Iraqi authorities impose further measures to try to prevent trouble ahead of the verdict of Saddam Hussein's trial on human rights abuses.

The court in Baghdad is expected to give its ruling tomorrow.

A 12-hour curfew will be imposed in Baghdad tomorrow and in three surrounding provinces.

All military leave has already been cancelled and extra security patrols have been introduced, as Iraqi authorities fear there will be an upsurge in violence, especially if a death sentence is handed down to the former dictator.

One of the former Iraq President's lawyers has warned that, in his words, "the gates of hell will be opened" if the death sentence is imposed.

Mr Hussein and seven of his former regime officials are charged with ordering the killing of 148 Shias in the early 1980s in Dujail, where the deposed president escaped an assassination bid in 1982.

It is understood the former Iraqi leader's sentence will be automatically reviewed by an appeals panel if he is convicted of war crimes and sentenced to death or life imprisonment.

83 bodies found in Baghdad

Earlier, police in Baghdad said they had found 83 bodies, some showing signs of torture, in various locations around the city in the past two days.

Local reports say some were probably victims of sectarian attacks, while others could have been killed by criminal gangs seeking ransoms.

Most of the dead were men, estimated to be aged between 20 and 45 years of age.

They were all dressed in civilian clothing and found with their hands and feet bound.