The White House has rejected Saddam Hussein's claims that he was beaten and tortured while in U.S. custody, calling the allegations "preposterous."
The former Iraqi leader complained in court Wednesday that he and his seven co-defendants had been beaten, and said the signs of mistreatment are all over his body.
But a White House spokesman, Scott McClellan said Saddam was being treated the opposite of those who were jailed and tortured under the former Iraqi regime.
Wednesday's court session in Baghdad also included testimony from witnesses who described seeing guards torture people arrested in the Iraqi town of Dujail in 1982. Additional witnesses are to testify Thursday.
Saddam and his seven lieutenants are accused of ordering the torture and massacre of 140 Shi'ite Muslims in Dujail after a failed attempt on Saddam's life.