Tuesday, January 24, 2006
AP: Saddam court session cancelled as judges squabble - Jan. 24
By HAMZA HENDAWI, Associated Press Writer - 27 minutes ago
BAGHDAD, Iraq - The court trying, the interior of which is seen at left, cancelled the resumption of his trial Tuesday, delaying the session for five days. The postponement came amid a dispute among judges over a last-minute shakeup in the court, according to judges.
The delay was the latest sign of disarray in the trial of the ousted Iraqi leader and his former regime officials. It came a day afer one judge was removed from the five-member panel and a new chief judge was appointed.
Court official Raid Juhi said the delay was because "some of the witnesses who were due to appear today have been unable to attend because some of them were performing the pilgrimage" to Saudi Arabia.
But two judges said the members of the panel hearing the case were squabbling over he appointment of the new chief judge, Raouf Rasheed Abdel-Rahman. It appeared some members were trying to bring back the former chief judge and the another jurist who was removed from the panel.
The judge who spoke to AP is a member of the Special Tribunal trying the ousted Iraqi leader, though not necessarily sitting on the panel hearing the current case. He spoke on condition of anonymity since court rules bar most judges from being named.
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