Saddam Defiant, Threatening, at Trial

DECEMBER 5, 2005 - Posted at 3:38 p.m. CST

BAGHDAD, IRAQ - Saddam Hussein has angrily confronted the judge at his trial today in Baghdad, warning him that he'd be held accountable someday.

At one point, the Iraqi leader became so enraged, he threw some papers.  He also told the court he wanted one witness examined by a medical institution.

The judge called Saddam's words "an insult to the court."  And the judge said the trial is "searching for the truth."

The exchange came after two witnesses were called to describe a 1982 crackdown on a village after an assasination attempt against Saddam.

Before the trial adjourned, Saddam insisted he had just followed his "constitutional preregatives" after he was targeted.

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