Saddam Hussein listening to testimony in May (epa)
July 24, 2006 -- The trial of deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein resumed today without the former president, who is in the hospital suffering the effects of a 17-day hunger strike.
Defense lawyers also boycotted today's session to protest what they say is an unfair trial.
Hussein's lawyers have also accused the U.S. military of force-feeding the former leader to end his hunger strike.
The Tragedy At Al-Dujayl
A protester in Baghdad carries a picture of a relative killed at Al-Dujayl (AFP file photo)
Former Iraqi dictator SADDAM HUSSEIN and seven of his associates went on trial on October 19, 2005, on charges of crimes against humanity for the regime's role in the deaths of 148 residents from the town of Al-Dujayl, and the imprisonment of 1,500 others following a botched assassination attempt against Hussein there on July 8, 1982. Following the arrests and deportations, the regime leveled the town... (more)