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Saddam Hussein trial adjourned 2 weeks

BAGHDAD, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Saddam Hussein's trial in Baghdad adjourned for two weeks Wednesday, after the deposed Iraqi leader refused to appear in person in "a court without justice."

After hearing from two witnesses without Saddam present Wednesday, Chief Judge Rizgar Mohammed Amin adjourned the proceedings and said the court would reconvene Dec. 21 following national elections late next week, The New York Times reported.

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Nine hours of proceedings on Tuesday ended with a furious outburst by Saddam, who told the five judges to go to hell.

"I will not be in a court without justice. Go to hell, all you agents of America," he yelled.

He complained he had not been allowed breaks, and had been wearing the same clothes for three days.

Saddam and seven other men are being tried for the 1982 revenge executions of 148 Shiite Muslims in Dujail after a failed attempt on Saddam's life.

All the defendants deny the charges.

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