Raouf Abdul Rahman, the judge who sentenced Saddam Hussein to death, has asked for political asylum in Britain.
Raouf Abdul Rahman and his family have received death threats from insurgents linked to the former ruling Ba'ath Party.
The judge, a Kurd, took control of Saddam's trial in Baghdad last year to end a series of interruptions by defendants and political speeches which had reduced the legal process to chaos and extended the hearing by months.
He also told Saddam, at one stage, to remember that he was a prisoner on trial for his life and no longer the dictator of Iraq.
Iraq is spiralling out of control.