Saddam Hussein has appeared in court for his trial saying he was forced to attend. The former Iraqi dictator and his half-brother and ex-intelligence chief Barzan al-Tikriti began interrupting the chief judge shortly after proceedings began. Along with five others, they are charged with the killing of 148 men from the Shi’ite town of Dujail in 1982.
The accused had vowed not to attend the trial until the return of their lawyers. They are boycotting the proceedings demanding chief judge Raouf Abdel-Rahman be removed, alleging he is biased against their clients. Saddam has refused an offer of new court-appointed lawyers to replace his defence team. Saddam’s former head of office and his ex-foreign intelligence chief are testifying today.