Monday, November 28, 2005

Key quotes: Saddam trial

Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein has appeared in a Baghdad court as his trial on charges of murder and torture resumes after six weeks.

Here are some of the key comments made in court.

FORMER IRAQI PRESIDENT SADDAM HUSSEIN

"They brought me here to the door and I was handcuffed. They cannot bring in the defendant in handcuffs."

"How can a defendant defend himself if his pen was taken. Saddam Hussein's pen and papers were taken. I don't mean a white paper. There are papers downstairs that include my remarks in which I express my opinion."

"I don't want you to alert them! I want you to order them. They are in our country. You are an Iraqi, you are sovereign and they are foreigners, invaders, and occupiers." [speaking after hearing Chief Judge Rizgar Mohammed Amin would speak to Saddam's guards about his complaints]

WADAH ISMAEL AL-SHEIKH, FORMER IRAQI INTELLIGENCE OFFICER AND WITNESS

"They rounded up 400 people from the town - women, children and old men. Saddam's personal bodyguards took part in killing people."

"I don't know why so many people were arrested. [Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti] "was the one directly giving the orders."

BARZAN IBRAHIM AL-TIKRITI, SADDAM'S HALF BROTHER AND CO-ACCUSED

"This is indirect murder. I was examined three months ago and diagnosed with cancer. The trial and the care for the accused are two separate affairs." (complaining of a lack of medical care in custody)

Does Saddam have Cancer? We could have saved ourselves much heartbreak and bankruptcy.

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