Saddam Hussein was back in court in angry mood. Together with a co-defendant, the former Iraqi dictator shouted his protests at being forced to attended his trial after boycotting recent sessions. Saddam and his half-brother, the ex-intelligence chief, Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti both accused the chief judge Raouf Abdel-Rahman of bias and demanded once again his removal.
The outburst is one of many disruptions to overshaddow a trial already marred by the resignation of the first Judge. Reaction in Baghdad among ordinary Iraqis has been mixed. One man said,“I think the first judge was better, there was no reason to change the judge.I think there are personal things behind the change.”
Another man, watching the trial on the television commented:“Today’s trial session differs from the previous ones.The judge is calm, not like before.He gave the defendants an opportunity to speak” While others were not so reflective.” It is not a trial.It is farce and chaos, as if somebody was sitting in a busy and crowded market.” Saddam and his seven co-defendants are accused of killing 148 Shia villagers in Dujail in 1982.