The verdict in the first trial of Saddam Hussein has been delayed indefinitely.
The verdict was due to be announced on 16 October, when the court reconvenes, but officials now say evidence will be reviewed at the session.
A prosecutor said that defence lawyers could submit written documents, after which a verdict date could be set.
Saddam is also being tried separately for genocide linked to a 1980's offensive against the Kurds.
No reason has been given for the delay in issuing a verdict. This delay hardly adds credibility to the trial process.