A defiant Saddam Hussein returned to court on Monday to face charges of crimes against humanity, and accused the chief judge of presiding over a trial brought by Iraq's invaders.
Less than two hours later, the chief judge, Rizgar Mohammed Amin adjourned the Baghdad trial until next week (December fifth) so the former Iraqi dictator and seven co-defendants can replace two defense lawyers assassinated this month. A third lawyer was wounded and fled the country.
The defendants are charged with the torture and killing of more than 140 men and boys from the town of Dujail after an assassination attempt on Saddam in 1982.
During Monday's proceedings, Saddam's former vice president, Taha Yassin Ramadan, said he no longer wanted to use lawyers appointed by the court after one of his attorneys was killed and another wounded
Proceedings against Saddam Hussein began October 19th, and were suspended the same day.