Saddam’s trial continues today in Iraq, but without him.
At the end of yesterday’s court session Saddam told the judge to “go to hell,” and said he would not return.
Can he do that?
Saddam also complained of his treatment, which he called “terrorism.” (You’ve got to hand it to the guy – he’s keeping his rantings topical.) Apparently he and his fellow defendants had been denied fresh clothes, cigarettes and the opportunity to bathe.
This behavior is not new: Saddam has repeatedly disrupted proceedings since his trial resumed Monday, interrupting the judge, lawyers and witnesses at will.
Perhaps in building their new democracy Iraqis need to add a “contempt of court” clause to their legal proceedings. You can’t have a legitimate trial with the accused running the show.