Saddam Hussein claims he has been beaten and tortured while in US custody. The former Iraqi president made the allegations during the resumption of his war crimes trial in Baghdad. He told the court that the signs of his ordeal are all over his body. But the prosecution ridiculed his claims, saying the former Iraqi leader was being held in an air-conditioned room when some of Baghdad had no power.
He was also offered the chance to be guarded by Iraqi authorities. Saddam’s statement came after he spent much of the day listening to further testimony against him and his seven co-defendants. They are facing charges over events in the Iraqi Shia village of Dujail in 1982 when 148 people were killed. Saddam says he did not order the massacre, which was an apparent riposte to a failed assassination attempt.
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.