Munqith al-Faroon, the chief prosecutor in the ongoing trial of Saddam Hussein, has called for Judge Abdullah al-Amiri to stand down. Faroon claims that the judge is biased towards Saddam.
Faroon said that the defendants had "gone too far", threatening witnesses and making political statements.
"Defendants have gone too far, with unacceptable expressions and words. Defendants have uttered clear threats.
The chief prosecutor's office requests the judge step down from this case."
Judge Abdullah al-Amiri needless to say has rejected the request, saying that his approach was based on fairness and 25 years' experience.
Judge Amiri said:
"The judge should co-ordinate and make peace so nobody takes advantage of his fairness... I have been working in the judicial system for the past 25 years."
Yesterday Saddam Hussein threatened one of the witnesses' lawyers, accusing him of being an agent of "Iranians and Zionists" the saying "we will crush his head".
The trial continues.