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Saddam Trial Adjourned After New Shouting Matches


The Baghdad trial of Saddam Hussein and his seven co-defendants has been adjourned until Tuesday after new shouting matches featuring the deposed president.

Saddam, wearing a long robe instead of his usual suit, called the trial "a game" and insulted the chief judge (Raouf Abdel Rahman).

He yelled "down with traitors, down with Bush, long live the Islamic nation."

Saddam, who boycotted the previous session, said he was forced to attend Monday. Two of his former aides (Ahmed Khudayr, who ran Saddam's offices, and Hassan al-Obeidi, the former chief of foreign intelligence) also said they were forced to attend and refused to testify.

Saddam and the others are on trial for the massacre of 140 villagers, all Shi'ite Muslims, after an assassination attempt against Saddam more than 20 years ago.

Violence continued during the trial, with a suicide bomber killing seven people outside a Baghdad bank.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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