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Former Saddam aide dragged from court
More fun and games at the Saddam trial railroad 12/06/2006 - 18:19:50
Saddam Husseins former intelligence chief was manhandled by guards as they dragged him out of court today for arguing with the judge, fuelling defence protests that it is being treated unfairly in the trial of the ousted Iraqi leader and members of his regime.
An American lawyer on the team, Curtis Doebbler, said the defence is at a serious disadvantage, accusing the court of ignoring its requests, intimidating witnesses and rushing it while giving the prosecution all the time it needed to present its case.
The trial was further thrown into confusion when a judge read out what were said to be confessions by four defence witnesses who were arrested after giving their testimony two weeks ago. In the confessions, they admitted to committing perjury.
The defence said the witnesses were made to sign confessions they hadnt read. Two of the witnesses said they were beaten and forced to give the confessions.
The session turned tumultuous when chief judge Raouf Abdel-Rahman ordered the removal of Barzan Ibrahim, Saddams half-brother and former intelligence chief, after he accused the court of terrorising the defence.
Iraqi guards grabbed Ibrahim by the arms and pulled him out. He tried to shrug them off and they held his left arm and pushed him into a wall as they tried to hustle him out the door, causing an uproar among the defence lawyers.
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