Saddam Hussein refused to appear Wednesday in court, where two more witnesses testified in the trial against the former Iraqi leader and seven of his lieutenants.
The absence of Saddam came one day after he complained about the conditions of his detention. Later, the judge adjourned the trial until December 21st, so the country can focus on parliamentary elections set for next week.
Elsewhere in Iraq, gunmen raided a hospital in the northern city of Kirkuk, freeing a patient who had been arrested for plotting to kill a judge in Saddam's trial. The raid killed three police guards.
And Arabic broadcaster al-Jazeera reports that militants have delayed until Saturday a threat to kill four Western hostages unless Iraqi prisoners are freed. The original deadline was Thursday.