December 7, 2005

Saddam in closed-door wrangle, trial delayed

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein was locked in talks with
his lawyers over his refusal to appear in court on Wednesday,
delaying his trial, court officials said.

After telling reporters to return to the gallery for an
expected resumption of proceedings around 1:45 p.m. (1045 GMT),
officials later asked them to leave again and said the
procedural wrangling was taking place behind closed doors.

It was unclear when or if the hearing would start. "The
issues haven't been resolved yet," one official said, without