Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s trial has resumed after a two week break amid the chaos that has now become a common sight at the hearing.
Top defence lawyers walked out after their pleas for an adjournment and the removal of the judge were rejected. Court appointed lawyers stepped into their place. Unphased by the walk-out, the judge opened the floor to the prosecution. It presented a document allegedly signed by Saddam’s intelligence department ordering the execution of 148 Shi’ite villagers in 1982 after an attempt on the president’s life. After only three hours of the trial, proceedings were adjourned until Wednesday . The former president and seven others are being tried for crimes against humanity over the killing of the villagers. If found guilty Saddam Hussein could face the death penalty.