Saddam Hussein's trial resumed today for the final session before the verdict.
Saddam was not in court.
The session opened with former Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan saying that he rejects the court-appointed lawyer. Chief Judge Raouf Abdel-Rahman said he could present his own summation.
"I refuse these procedures and I will not present my own defence.
I do not know who this lawyer is, or his name."
The other defendant due to present a summation was Anwar al-Bandar.
Once the summations are complete, the five judge panel will adjourn to consider a verdict. That may be ready by mid August.
On August 21st, Saddam will stand trial for the suppression of Iraqi Kurds in the 1980's.
Saddam may wish to start eating again, before the verdict and the next trial, unless he genuinely wishes to die.