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Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 October 2005, 14:01 GMT 15:01 UK
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Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein
Saddam Hussein's lawyers contest the legitimacy of the court
The trial of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein for crimes against humanity has begun in Baghdad.

He made an outspoken attack on the judicial process and refused to answer questions.

Here are excerpts from the interchange between Saddam Hussein and chief judge Rizgar Mohammed Amin:


Saddam:

Those who fought in God's cause will be victorious... I am at the mercy of God, the most powerful.

Judge Amin:

Mr Saddam, please tell us your identity, your name.... You have enough time, you will have enough time to say whatever you like and to express your thoughts. But this court has procedure and we have to follow the procedure.

Saddam:

Who are you? What are you doing here?

... I don't answer this so-called court, with all due respect. And I reserve my constitutional right as the president of the country of Iraq, I will not go along...

I don't acknowledge either the entity that authorises you, nor the aggression because everything based on falsehood is falsehood...

Have you ever been a judge before?

Judge Amin:

There is no room for this talk in the court.

Saddam:

I am here inside this military court from 0230 this morning and since 0900 I have been in this dress.

You know me, you are Iraqi and you know very well I don't get tired.

Judge Amin:

I am here to ask you about your identity.

Saddam:

I have answered this question in writing and have sent it to you.

Judge Amin:

... Mr Saddam, go ahead. Are you guilty or innocent?

Saddam:

I said what I said, I am not guilty, I am innocent.


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