Monday, January 30, 2006


Saddam storms out of court during trial

`The troubled trial of Saddam Hussein collapsed into chaos moments after resuming as the former Iraqi president and his defence team stormed out and guards dragged his half-brother from the courtroom.

Saddam’s lawyers threatened to boycott future sessions unless the chief judge apologised, and called for the trial to be moved abroad, saying a fair hearing in Iraq was impossible. [..]

“I am the judge and you are the defendant,” Abdel Rahman told Saddam as he checked an outburst by the former Iraqi president, who complained: “This is an American court and it’s rules are American … you cannot force me to stay in court.”‘

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