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Saddam Hussein appears in court
July 01, 2004 16:08 IST
Last Updated: July 01, 2004 20:54 IST
Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein on Thursday appeared in a court to hear the charges, including 'crimes against humanity', that he will face when his case goes to trial in 2005. This is the first time the US has allowed his images to appear on television since he was captured in December 2003.
In images broadcast by the BBC, Hussein could be seen speaking with someone who appeared to be a judge. But others present at the venue were not shown, reportedly for security reasons. Hussein appeared tired but in good shape sporting a moustache and trimmed beard. There was no audio.
Select reporters were allowed to cover the event though live transmission of the proceedings was not permitted. Incidentally, the deposed leader is believed to have told the court that US President George W Bush is the 'real terrorist'.
Hussein is now officially in the custody of the interim regime installed by the US, which invaded Iraq in March 2003, but is actually held by American troops at an undisclosed location.
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