Saddam Trial Judge Orders Defence Lawyer's Arrest

Ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein addresses the court during the continuation of the trial in Baghdad, Nov. 28, 2006 (AFP Photo)

The chief judge in the trial of Saddam Hussein Wednesday ejected a key defence lawyer and ordered him to be arrested for a day for "violating professional conduct".

Chief judge Mohammed al-Oreibi al-Khalifah clashed with defense attorney Badie Aref over the manner in which he was addressing the court.

Aref is defending Farhan al-Juburi, the former head of military intelligence in northern Iraq.

The stormy session began with Aref making a statement before the court, but when he referred to the prosecutor as "brother" the prickly judge took offense.

"I warned your colleagues yesterday twice to respect the court and its officials," said Oreibi, who objected to the informality of the term.

Aref insisted that the information he wanted to give was more important than the form of address and then used the word "brothers" again to refer to the prosecutors.

The judge then ordered him to be ejected.

Aref protested to the judge's order after which Oreibi said "You are arrested for 24 hours for violating professional conduct."

Source: AFP

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