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Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in court (file photo) (epa)
16 January 2006 -- Reports from Baghdad say the Iraqi judge presiding over the trial of Saddam Hussein is standing by his resignation and will not attend next week's hearing.
Judge Rizgar Muhammad Amin submitted his resignation last week, complaining of political interference in the case. Chief Prosecutor Jaafar al-Moussawi said today that efforts to get Amin to change his mind have failed.
Sayeed al-Hamashi, the most senior of the other four judges in the case, will preside over the trial's session on 24 January.
Moussawi said no final decision has been taken on whether to definitively accept Amin's resignation.
On November 11, 2005, RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq (RFI) spoke with Iraqi Special Tribunal presiding Judge Rizgar Muhammad Amin
about the trial of ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and seven of his associates... (more)