In what is becoming a regular ritual, Saddam Hussein has been thrown out of court again today.
Mohammed Oreibi al-Khalifa, the chief judge, threw Saddam and another defendant out of court today after Saddam started shouting.
The judge cut off the microphone as Saddam began to speak. He then pointed to court bailiffs to escort Saddam from the courtroom.
Saddam started shouting a verse from the Quran:
"Fight them and God will punish them."
Needless to say the Iraqi people were not allowed to witness this scene, as the TV broadcasts were censored so that neither Saddam's words nor the judge's voice were heard.
Seemingly it is feared that Saddam may still stir some powerful emotions in some of the Iraqis.
The judge told Saddam's six co-defendants:
"I allowed you to say what you want, but you've been making problems."
One of the defendants Hussein Rashid Mohammed, a former army commander, stood up and shouted insults at the prosecutors. When a bailiff forced him back into his chair, Mohammed punched him.
The judge had Mohammed thrown out and closed the session to the media.
The farce continues.