The trial of ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has resumed in Baghdad after a brief recess prompted by a dispute with defense lawyers.

The presiding judge called the recess when the defense team, which includes former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, walked out, protesting the judge's refusal to allow foreign lawyers to address the court.

After nearly 90 minutes, the defense team returned and Mr. Clark was allowed to question the tribunal's legitimacy, fairness of the trial and security issues.

Earlier, Iraqi authorities said they had foiled an insurgent plot to bomb the trial. They said on Sunday that attackers from the 1920 Revolution Brigades planned to fire rockets at the court building during today's proceedings.

Saddam and seven members of his former government are charged with torturing and killing more than 140 people in a mainly Shi'ite Muslim town, Dujail, where an assassination attempt against him was launched in 1982.

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