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Saddam Lawyers to Continue Boycott of Genocide Trial


Lawyers for former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein say they will continue to boycott his trial on charges of genocide when it resumes Monday in Baghdad.

Lawyer Khalil al-Dulaimi said Sunday the decision was made after the defense team met with Saddam to discuss the trial.

Saddam's defense team is protesting the ouster of the trial's first chief judge, and the court's refusal to allow the lawyers to examine thousands of documents linked to the case.

Saddam and six co-defendants are charged with killing tens of thousands of Iraqi Kurds in the late 1980s.

Last month, the Iraqi government replaced the trial's chief Judge Abdullah al-Amiri after he angered Kurds by saying Saddam was not a dictator.

He was replaced by Judge Mohammed Oreibi al-Khalifa, who has since presided over the turbulent hearings and repeatedly thrown Saddam out of court.

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