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Defiant Saddam refuses to plead

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Defiant Saddam refuses to plead

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Saddam Hussein has refused to enter a plea at his trial in Baghdad after detailed charges were formally presented. Asked if he was guilty or not, the deposed leader replied that this was no way to treat the president of Iraq. Saddam has been charged with nine counts of murder, as well as the torture of women and children and the illegal arrest of 399 people. He has been on trial for nearly seven months over the killings of 148 people after a crackdown in the village of Dujail following an attempt on his life in 1982. Saddam has been charged with the deaths of nine people who the chief judge said died in the first days of the crackdown but not over the 148 who were sentenced to death by his Revolutionary Guard.