Saddam Hussein has accused the White House of lying, for denying his claims that he has been tortured and beaten while in US custody. The former Iraqi president has been speaking at the start of the seventh session of his trial on charges of crimes against humanity. He told the court that the US could not be believed, citing its pre-war assertions that Iraq had chemical weapons.Saddam also repeated claims that he had suffered wounds in beatings, and said it took eight months for some of the injuries to heal. The US says he was treated very well in custody and described his allegations as “highly ironic and preposterous”. There were more theatrics when the judge was forced to dismiss a guard after defendants said he had threatened them. Saddam’s half-brother and co-defendant Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti also accused prosecutors of being former fellow-members of the Baath party.