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Hussein Jousts With Iraqi Judge Over His Rights in a Court Hearing

A new court videotape broadcast on Thursday showed a caustic but emaciated Saddam Hussein complaining to an investigative judge about limits on access to his lawyer and about the entire process of holding him prisoner while Iraqi prosecutors prepare to try him for atrocities committed during his 24-year rule. “Right now, I’m a prisoner – that’s what is being said,” Mr. Hussein said in the tape aired by Dubai-based Al Arabiya television, which provided the first opportunity for the public to hear the former dictator speaking since a court appearance last July. “It’s a game, as you’ll see. I am a prisoner of the Iraqi government, but that government was appointed by the Americans.” Full Story

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