Saddam calls American denials of torture 'lies'

December 22, 2005 11:22


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Saddam Hussein on Thursday again insisted at his trial that he had been beaten by his American captors, calling Washington's denials of abuse "lies." The former Iraqi leader on Wednesday said at his trial that he'd been beaten "everywhere on my body. The marks are still there." He did not display any marks. US officials strongly denied the allegations. Saddam on Thursday said that American denials couldn't be believed, citing the fact that no weapons of mass destruction had been found in Iraq despite pre-war claims by US officials that Saddam was harboring such weapons. "We don't lie. It is the White House that lies," he told the court. The former leader again started talking about his claims of abuse during a time when he's allowed to cross examine witnesses. He claimed that the wounds he suffered from the alleged beatings had been documented by at least two American teams.

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