Wednesday, December 21, 2005


AP: Saddam claims bruises all over his body from jail beatings

By MARIAM FAM, Associated Press Writer - 2 minutes ago

Saddam Hussein speaks at his trial in Baghdad Wednesday Dec. 21, 2005. Saddam and seven co-defendants are on trial in the deaths of more than 140 Shiites following a 1982 assassination attempt against him in the town of Dujail, north of Baghdad. (AP Photo/Bob Strong, Pool)BAGHDAD, Iraq - Saddam Hussein, right, launched into an extended outburst at his trial Wednesday, alleging he had been beaten and tortured by his Americans captors while in detention after a witness testified that his agents had tortured people by ripping off their skin.

Chief prosecutor Jaafar al-Mousawi said he would investigate and that if American-led multinational forces were abusing the former Iraqi leader, he would be transferred to the custody of Iraqi troops.

"I want to say here, yes, we have been beaten by the Americans and we have been tortured," Saddam said, before gesturing to his seven co-defendants around him, "one by one."

After sitting quietly through several hours of testimony, Saddam said he'd been beaten "everywhere on my body. The marks are still there."

Full AP-Yahoo News story.

D.H.: I think the last thing Saddam wants is to be in the custody of Iraqi troops.  Maybe he'd find out how it feels to have a few fingernails or toenails or other body parts removed.

Dave Haigler, Abilene, Texas
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