Saddam's Defense Team Walks out of Court
Date 2005/12/5 9:54:33 | Topic: World News
|Associated Press | December 05, 2005|
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Saddam Hussein's defense team walked out of court Monday shortly after the former leader's trial resumed because the judge refused to allow former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark to challenge the tribunal's legitimacy in an address to the courtroom.
Clark tried to address the court, saying he needed only two minutes to present his argument. But Chief Judge Rizgar Mohammed Amin said the tribunal had been established under the law by an elected Iraqi government and that only Saddam's chief lawyer could address the hearing.
Amin said the defense should submit its motion in writing and warned that if the defense walked out then the court would appoint replacement lawyers.
"We reject the appointment of court employees to defend us," Saddam said.
He and his half brother Barazan Ibrahim then chanted "Long Live Iraq, Long Live the Arab state."
When the judge explained that he was ruling in accordance with the law, Saddam replied: "This is a law made by America and does not reflect Iraqi sovereignty."