More torture allegations have been made against Saddam Hussein following the resumption of his trial. The former Iraqi president is appearing in the dock after a two-week break. He boycotted the last hearing after telling the judge to “go to hell”.
The centrepiece of today’s evidence will be documents allegedly signed by Saddam ordering the execution of 148 people in the town of Dujail in 1982. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges relating to the massacre, which was an apparent response to a failed assassination attempt. So far eight prosecution witnesses have testified, giving detailed descriptions of torture and persecution under Saddam and his seven co-defendants. At least five more people are expected to be called to give evidence today in what is likely to be the final hearing of the year before proceedings are adjourned for about a month. The Dujail case is only part of the trial. Charges relating to the invasion of Kuwait in 1990 and the killing of political opponents are likely to be heard next year.