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.