Saddam refuses to show up in court; trial delayed

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December 7, 2005 13:04

 
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Saddam Hussein's trial was delayed Wednesday after the ousted president refused to attend the session, court officials said. Defense lawyers huddled with the judges in hopes of resolving the latest test of wills in the often-unruly trial. An angry Saddam threatened at the end of the Tuesday session to boycott the next day's proceedings after complaining he and the seven other co-defendants had been mistreated by the "unjust court." Court officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, said Saddam stuck by his refusal Wednesday and the judges were trying to decide whether to proceed without him.

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