In keeping with the farcical nature of this trial, Saddam Hussein is back in court today without a defence team.
They are boycotting it.
Chief defence lawyer Khalil al-Dulaimi, and the rest of the defence team have decided to stay away in protest at government interference.
The defence team have said that they might return, if some of their demands are met. These include giving foreign lawyers the right to speak in court.
It may be all well and good, from a revenge perspective, to find Saddam guilty and to hang him. However, if that guilty verdict is based on a farcical and unjust court case the foundations of any future Iraqi sate will be undermined by it.
Justice must be seen to be done.