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Saddam thrown out of Baghdad court as trial resumes

Published 25/09/2006

Saddam Hussein has been thrown out of the Baghdad courtroom where his latest trial is being held.

The trial resumed this morning without any of the former Iraqi President's defence lawyers present due to a boycott in protest at the replacement of the chief judge and other alleged violations of legal procedures.

The judge was replaced earlier this month at the behest of the prosecution due to alleged bias in favour of Saddam.

As proceedings got underway this morning, Saddam told the new judge that he didn't want to he "in this cage" any more, an apparent reference to the courtroom.

The judge, Oreibi al-Khalifa, replied that he was he who decided on the former Iraqi President's presence and ordered the guards to take him out of the room.

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