Khalil al-Dulaymi, Saddam Hussein's chief defense lawyer (file photo) (epa)
July 11, 2006 -- The judge presiding over the trial of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and his codefendants today adjourned the proceedings until July 24.
The reason is the decision of the defense lawyers to boycott the trial until they given greater security.
Judge Ra'uf Rashid Abd al-Rahman said the court will appoint lawyers to represent the defendants if the defense's lawyers do not end their boycott by July 24.
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)