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Saddam Hussein Trial Adjourns For Two Weeks


Saddam Hussein's genocide trial has been adjourned until early next month after the former leader was ejected from the courtroom. It is the third time Saddam has been ordered out of the courtroom in three sessions.

In an angry exchange, defendant Saddam Hussein complained about court procedures, said he is not getting justice, and disparaged Kurdish fighters called Peshmerga.

Chief Judge Mohammed Oreibi repeatedly told him to sit down, and finally ordered him out of the court.

The proceedings in the Baghdad courtroom have been contentious since last week when Iraq's government removed the former chief judge, Abdullah al-Amiri, saying he was biased in favor of the defendants. Amiri had said Saddam was not a dictator.

If convicted, Saddam and six former subordinates could face the death penalty for their roles in the killing of an estimated 180,000 Kurdish villagers in 1988, including thousands who died in poison gas attacks.

Saddam and his cousin Ali Hassan al-Majid, called "Chemical Ali" by Iraqis, face genocide charges. Five others face charges of mass murder and crimes against humanity.

The trial has been adjourned until October ninth.