Saddam, aides boycott trial for second day
Updated: 2006-07-11 15:39
BAGHDAD - Saddam Hussein and his lawyers again boycotted his trial on charges
of crimes against humanity on Tuesday as a lawyer for a minor co-accused began
summing up his case.
The former Iraqi leader's half-brother Barzan
al-Tikriti, his former vice president, Taha Yassin Ramadan, and former
Revolutionary Court judge Awad Hamed al-Bander and their lawyers were also
absent from the court.
Abdullah Kadhem Ruaid
(L), a former official in former Iraq's leader Saddam Hussein's ruling
Baath party in Dujail, adjusts his headscarf as co-defendant, Ali Daei, a
minor Baath party official from Dujail, watches during final arguments for
their trial in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone July 11, 2006.
Saddam Hussein and his lawyers again boycotted his trial on charges of
crimes against humanity on Tuesday.
Saddam's lawyers said on Monday they would
boycott the toppled leader's trial unless their personal security was improved
and a probe launched into the killing of a third member of the defence team.
U.S. officials say they have repeatedly offered security to the defence
lawyers and their families but that this has been rejected. Chief defence lawyer
Khalil al-Dulaimi has blamed pro-government Shi'ite militias for the killing of
his deputy, who was abducted from his Baghdad home last month.
and seven co-accused are on trial for crimes against humanity for the killing of
148 Shi'ites following an attempt on Saddam's life in the town of Dujail in
A lawyer for Abdullah Kadhem Ruaid, a former official in Saddam's
ruling Baath party in Dujail, told the court on Tuesday that his client had been
Once final statements have been made, a five-judge
panel is expected to adjourn to consider a verdict. Officials close to the court
say a verdict on Dujail could come in September.
A death sentence may be
delayed by appeals and the many other trials the toppled leader is likely to
face for alleged crimes during his Sunni-dominated rule, most of them against
the Shi'ites and Kurds now in power.
Saddam and his former top army
commanders face a separate trial on August 21 on genocide charges stemming from
the killing of tens of thousands of Iraqi Kurds in a 1988 military operation to
force them from their villages.
Seven defendants including Saddam's
cousin, Ali Hassan al-Majeed, or "Chemical Ali", will stand trial in the new