Chaos in Saddam Hussein's new trial session

May 22, 2006 19:46

The sole woman in Saddam Hussein's defense team was forcibly pulled from the court by guards Monday and she threw off her lawyer's robe in rage after a shouting match with the judge, as the trial of the former Iraqi leader again turned chaotic. Defense lawyers raised an uproar over the removal of Bushra al-Khalil, accusing the chief judge of trying to intimidate them. Saddam got into his own heated exchange with chief judge Raouf Abdel-Rahman when he objected to Khalil's removal. The judge told him to be silent, and Saddam shouted back, "I'm Saddam Hussein, president of Iraq. I am above you and above your father." "You are a defendant now, not a president," the judge barked, banging his gavel.

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