Mil News Defiant Saddam appears in court

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Iraq's ex-leader Saddam Hussein has made a defiant first appearance before an Iraqi judge, branding President George W Bush as the "real criminal".
He defended Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990, said he was still president and rejected the court's jurisdiction.

He arrived in handcuffs and chains at the court near Baghdad airport to hear charges of war crimes and genocide.

TV pictures of the hearing were released to international broadcasters shortly after the hearing finished.


'Theatre'

The images - cleared for broadcast by the US military - were the first of Saddam Hussein since his capture in December. They showed Iraq's former president looking thin, haggard and with a trimmed, grey beard.

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Iraq's ex-leader Saddam Hussein has made a defiant first appearance before an Iraqi judge, branding President George W Bush as the "real criminal".
He defended Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990, said he was still president and rejected the court's jurisdiction.

He arrived in handcuffs and chains at the court near Baghdad airport to hear charges of war crimes and genocide.

TV pictures of the hearing were released to international broadcasters shortly after the hearing finished.


'Theatre'

The images - cleared for broadcast by the US military - were the first of Saddam Hussein since his capture in December. They showed Iraq's former president looking thin, haggard and with a trimmed, grey beard.

BBC Read More
 
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