Latest Operation Red Dawn Stories

2006-02-26 13:52:31

By Suleiman al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein's chief lawyer said he met the former Iraqi leader on Sunday, two days before his trial resumes, adding the defense counsel may end a boycott of the hearings. Khalil Dulaimi told Reuters by telephone from Baghdad he met Saddam on his own for seven hours where they discussed the recent showdown between the defense and the court but declined to say whether the legal counsel would attend Tuesday's session. "I met the president...

2006-02-26 09:00:20

By Suleiman al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein's defense team is to meet the former Iraqi leader before his trial resumes on Tuesday and may end its boycott of the hearings, lead defense counsel Khalil Dulaimi said on Sunday. Dulaimi told Reuters in an interview in neighboring Jordan, where the defense team is based for its own safety, that new Kurdish chief judge Raouf Abdel Rahman had lifted a ban on the lawyers meeting Saddam, allowing a meeting before the February 28...

2006-02-14 04:12:56

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein appeared in court on Tuesday as hearings resumed in his trial after a fiery session one day earlier. Wearing a black suit, he stood before the judge and shouted "God is great" and "long live great Arab nation."

2006-02-14 03:53:38

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A former Iraqi culture minister and an ex-intelligence official were expected to be among the witnesses to testify in Saddam Hussein's trial on Tuesday, a court source said. Former Culture Minister Hamid Youssef Hummadi and ex- intelligence official Fadhil Salfeeq Mohammed were expected to take the witness stand. Two other former aides of Saddam appeared in court on Monday and said they were forced to show up in court. Prosecutors are hoping testimony from former...

2006-02-13 06:53:12

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The Iraqi judge presiding over the trial of Saddam Hussein adjourned the session on Monday. It will resume on Tuesday.

2006-02-12 08:39:33

By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The troubled trial of Saddam Hussein was hit by fresh confusion on Sunday when his chief defense lawyer said the former Iraqi leader planned to go on hunger strike, but then retracted his statement minutes later. Chief defense counsel Khalil Dulaimi and his deputy Khamis al-Aubeidi had said Saddam and his seven co-accused would start refusing food when their trial resumed on Monday to protest against the legitimacy of the U.S.-backed court trying...

2006-02-02 06:19:52

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The trial of Saddam Hussein and seven co-defendants on charges of crimes against humanity was postponed on Thursday until February 13, a Reuters witness in the court said.

2006-02-01 06:40:16

By Mussab al-Khairalla BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein and four co-accused refused to attend their trial on Wednesday, along with their defense team, who said they would not return to court until the chief judge they accuse of bias resigns. Chief judge Raouf Abdel Rahman said he would proceed without them and court-appointed lawyers replaced Saddam's team. The boycott by Saddam, his former aides and the defense team threw the trial into further confusion. Speaking earlier to...

2006-02-01 06:00:33

By Mussab al-Khairalla BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The trial of Saddam Hussein was thrown into further disarray on Wednesday when it was delayed for "procedural issues" after the defense refused to return to court unless the chief judge resigned. Judge Raouf Abdel Rahman, who has infuriated Saddam and his defense team with his no-nonsense style, was due to open the court after a closed session. Speaking to Reuters in the Jordanian capital Amman, Saddam's chief lawyer Khalil al-Dulaimi...

2006-01-29 11:35:41

By Mussab al-Khairalla and Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The troubled trial of Saddam Hussein collapsed into chaos moments after resuming on Sunday as the former Iraqi president and his defense team stormed out and guards dragged his half-brother from the courtroom. Saddam's lawyers threatened to boycott future sessions unless the chief judge apologized, and called for the trial to be moved abroad, saying a fair hearing in Iraq was impossible. The dramatic scenes were played out...

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