Saddam's Trial Resumes Without Him

The Associated Press
Wednesday, December 7, 2005; 7:21 AM


Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein front center, addresses the court as Awad Hamed al-Bander, front left, Taha Yassin Ramadan, 2nd row left, Abdullah Kazim Ruwayyid, 2nd row center, Mizher Abdullah Ruwayyid, 2nd row right, Mohammed Azawi Ali, back row left, Ali Dayim Ali, back row center, and Barzan Ibrahim appear at their trial in Baghdad, Tuesday Dec. 6, 2005. Saddam and seven others face charges that they ordered the killing in 1982 of nearly 150 people in the mainly Shiite village of Dujail, north of Baghdad, after a failed attempt on the former dictators life. (AP Photo/David Furst, Pool)
Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein front center, addresses the court as Awad Hamed al-Bander, front left, Taha Yassin Ramadan, 2nd row left, Abdullah Kazim Ruwayyid, 2nd row center, Mizher Abdullah Ruwayyid, 2nd row right, Mohammed Azawi Ali, back row left, Ali Dayim Ali, back row center, and Barzan Ibrahim appear at their trial in Baghdad, Tuesday Dec. 6, 2005. Saddam and seven others face charges that they ordered the killing in 1982 of nearly 150 people in the mainly Shiite village of Dujail, north of Baghdad, after a failed attempt on the former dictators life. (AP Photo/David Furst, Pool) (David Furst - AP)

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The Saddam Hussein trial resumed Wednesday after a lengthy delay but without the ex-president, who had declared the day before that he would not take part in an "unjust" court.

The seven other defendants and Saddam's lawyers were present in the courtroom when Chief Judge Rizgar Mohammed Amin convened the session at 3 p.m., about four hours late.


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