Saddam Hussein's trial resumed today, with the usual display of grandstanding by the former leader of Iraq.
Saddam accused Iraq's Interior Ministry of killing and torturing thousands of people. He was then told by the judge to refrain from political statements, prompting Saddam to retort:
"You're scared of the interior minister, he doesn't scare my dog."
During the cross examination, Saddam demanded that an international body examine signatures on an order approving death sentences against those accused of organising an assassination attempt against him in Dujail in 1982.
He noted that witnesses presented by the prosecution in the case were bribed.
"The witnesses who testified were brought here after being bribed and briefed of what was to be said."
Challenging the judge, Saddam said:
"Who could dare to give a verdict against the president who defended his country and stood up against those who fought with Iraq?"
Clearly he forgets that he is no longer president.