The Trial of Saddam Hussein and The Fallout of The War

The Trial of Saddam Hussein


The fallout in the Middle East from the regime change in Iraq

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Chemical Ali Keeps Quiet

Saddam Hussein's cousin, "Chemical Ali", yesterday refused to make a statement at the genocide trial in Baghdad of six former regime officials.

The court has now resumed after a 12 day break, and chief judge Mohammed al-Oreibi al-Khalifah asked the six defendants to make statements before prosecutors presented additional documentary evidence against the accused.

Ali Hassan al-Majid, also known as "Chemical Ali", said:

"I have no testimony to present to the court unless I am given the chance to see my lawyer."

Former military intelligence chief, Sabir al-Duri, also refused to make a statement.

The judge then switched off microphones in the court, and had some "animated" discussions with the two defendants.

The trial continues.

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