Saddam Hussein's trial on genocide charges against the Kurds resumed Monday after a 12-day break with the former Iraqi leader and his co-defendants in the courtroom, but their lawyers absent.
Chief Judge Mohammed Oreibi al-Khalifa had declared a recess in the trial after a stormy session September 26 during which Saddam and his six co-defendants were thrown out of court. The judge said at the time that he wanted to give the defendants time to convince their lawyers to end their boycott of the trial, or to confer with new ones.
Still, Saddam's chief lawyer had said Sunday that he and his team would continue boycotting the trial to protest the removal of the first chief judge, and the court's refusal to give the attorneys time to examine thousands of documents.
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