By HAMZA HENDAWI
BAGHDAD, Iraq - (AP) Saddam Hussein's lawyers conferred with the
judges Wednesday in hopes of resolving "procedural" issues which delayed the
start of the hearing, a court official said.
He did not elaborate but the meeting could be linked to Saddam's
threat not to attend the Wednesday session because he considered the court
If the differences cannot be resolved, the official said the court
might hold a closed session to try to resolve them. The official spoke on
condition of anonymity in exchange for the information.
Saddam's threat not to attend the Wednesday session came at the end
of a daylong session Tuesday in which a woman, speaking behind a beige
curtain and with her voice disguised, told of beatings, torture and sexual
humiliation at the hands of security agents when she was a teenager.
At the end of the Tuesday session, the judges agreed over defense
objections to meet again the following day. Saddam shouted that "I will not
come to an unjust court! Go to Hell!"