The chief judge in Saddam Hussein's genocide trial threw the ex-president out of the courtroom Monday in a stormy session boycotted by the former ruler's defense team.
"I have a request here that I don't want to be in this cage any more," Saddam said, referring to the court. He waved a yellow paper before he spoke to chief judge Mohammed Oreibi al-Khalifa.
Al-Khalifa snapped back, "I'm the presiding judge. I decide about your presence here. Get him out!" - pointing to guards to take Saddam out.
The exchange began when Sabri al-Douri, director of military intelligence under Saddam, referred to a fellow co-defendant - Sultan Hashim Ahmad al-Tai - by his former rank of lieutenant general, at which point the judge said that the defendants could not be referred to by their former ranks.