The trial of Saddam Hussein resumes on Tuesday following a two-week break.
The televised hearing of the former dictator and several former cohorts resumes amid ongoing sectarian violence across the country.
A lawyer for Saddam said the former Iraqi leader has expressed concern about the bloodshed that followed last week's bombing of a major Shi'ite Muslim shrine.
In Baghdad on Monday, officials lifted an around-the-clock curfew, but at least eight people were killed in sectarian attacks.
The violence has further delayed talks on forming a new government, but some Sunni politicians have indicated they are ready to start talks if Sunni mosques allegedly seized by Shi'ites are returned to them.
Meanwhile, U.S. officials are still awaiting word about the fate of kidnapped American journalist Jill Carroll. Iraqi officials have said they are optimistic about her release.
And Iraq's Interior Ministry says troops captured a senior aide to al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi along with five other suspected terrorists in Ramadi.