Judge in Saddam trial orders proceedings closed

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March 15, 2006 15:32

Saddam Hussein, called to testify in his trial for the first time Wednesday, insisted he was still Iraq's president and called on Iraqis to stop a bloody wave of sectarian violence, prompting a shouting match with the chief judge who told him to stop political speeches. After Saddam refused to stop his statement, chief judge Raouf Abdel-Rahman angrily closed the session to the public, ordering journalists out of the courtroom's viewing chamber. "You used to be a head of state. You are a defendant now," Abdel-Rahman barked at Saddam. Click here to read more


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