Wednesday, September 20, 2006


New judge throws Saddam out of court

The new judge presiding over Saddam's trial threw him out after Saddam complained about the judge's new appointment. Mohammed al-Oriebi al-Khalifah, a Shiite who was deputy presiding judge, took over as chief judge following the government's sacking of his predecessor Abdullah al-Ameri who had said Saddam was "not a dictator".
The defence lawyers walked out of the trial on Wednesday citing interference from the government, saying they would not return until they can do their job without further intervention.

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