Author`s name Pravda.Ru

Saddam trial falls into chaos soon after resumption

Saddam Hussein's trial quickly fell into chaos after its resumption Sunday, as one co-defendant was dragged out of the courtroom, then a defense lawyer was ejected, and finally the former Iraqi leader himself was removed after shouting, "Down with the traitors!" and demanding to leave.

The new chief judge in the trial, Raouf Abdel-Rahman, had sought to show a tough control over the court, but the session _ the first in a month _ began to fall apart quickly.

After about 15 minutes of the session was aired, the delayed transmission was cut off just before the shouting erupted, AP reported. V.A.