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Iraqi Judge Removes Saddam Co-Defendant from Court

The judge at the trial of Saddam Hussein has thrown out one of the former Iraqi leader's co-defendants amid fierce arguments over the veracity of prosecution witnesses.

The judge in Baghdad removed defendant Barzan al-Tikriti from the courtroom and threatened to keep him in a cell after a heated exchange of words between the two men Wednesday.

Earlier, the defense team accused a prosecution witness of perjury and presented a video disc, claiming it contained a contradictory statement from a witness who testified against Saddam late last year.

The footage shown in the court shows the witness saying there was no attempt to kill Saddam in Dujail in 1982, only celebratory firing to mark the former dictator's visit.

Saddam and seven co-defendants are facing charges of crimes against humanity in connection to the deaths of 148 Shi'ite Muslims following the failed attempt on his life.

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