Sunday, January 29, 2006

SADDAM STORMS OUT OF COURT

Sun Jan 29, 11:35 AM ET, BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The troubled trial of Saddam Hussein collapsed into chaos moments after resuming on Sunday as the former Iraqi president and his defense team stormed out and guards dragged his half-brother from the courtroom. (...) Saddam's lawyers threatened to boycott future sessions unless the chief judge apologized, and called for the trial to be moved abroad, saying a fair hearing in Iraq was impossible. (...) "I am the judge and you are the defendant," Abdel Rahman told Saddam as he checked an outburst by the former Iraqi president, who complained: "This is an American court and it's rules are American ... you cannot force me to stay in court." (...) "I want to leave," Saddam, dressed in a dark suit and a white collared shirt, then told the judge. Then leave," said Abdel Rahman. "It is a tragedy. I led you for 35 years. How can you lead me out of court? Shame on you," said Saddam, who is on trial for crimes against humanity. He then left the courtroom, and was followed by his former vice president, Taha Yassin Ramadan, and Awad Hamed al-Bander, a former chief judge in his Revolutionary Court.
Here's a good way of nipping this bullshit in the bud: put some of this on his chair.

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