At the end of two long days of listening to witnesses accuse him of torture and assasinations, Saddam Hussein blew up at the judge today and shouted that he would not come back to “an unjust court” when it reconvenes on Wednesday.
Mr. Hussein’s outburst came after nine hours of testimony today – the longest so far in the four-days of hearings. Today’s session featured one woman who testified, her voice electronically altered to protect her identity, that Mr. Hussein’s intelligence agents had tortured her and flung her into Baghdad’s notorious Abu Ghraib jail in the early 1980’s when she was just 16.
But as the judge and lawyers were discussing whether to reconvene on Wednesday, Mr. Hussein began complaining that he and his seven co-defendants had not been allowed to shower or change clothes in two days.
“Are you deliberately hauling defendants before the trial when they are exhausted?” Mr. Hussein screamed at the court. “This is terrorism.”
When Chief Judge Rizgar Mohammed Amin said that the session would continue Wednesday, Mr. Hussein shouted: “I will not be in a court without justice. Go to hell, you and all the agents of America.”
The judge said that because of the strict measures that had to be undertaken to get the defendants from their undisclosed location to the site of the hearings, it was best to continue for another day to hear from more witnesses.