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(From BBC Monitoring International Reports)
Al-Iraqiyah Television at 0754 gmt on 30 October interrupts its programmes to carry the 19th session of the trial of former President Saddam Husayn and six co-defendants in the Al-Anfal case. The trial is carried live, with a 20-minute delay.
At 0754 gmt, presiding Judge Muhammad al-Uraybi announces that all court staff, public prosecution staff, defendants, Saddam's lawyer of defence Khalil al-Dulaymi, Husayn Rashid's lawyer of defence, other appointed lawyers, plaintiffs, and plaintiffs' lawyers are all attending and that the court is public.
The public prosecutor asks the judge to clarify to the defence lawyers the need for presenting a list of the names of witnesses who are going to testify in favour of the defendants, as the law stipulates that the list should be presented 15 days before the trial.
Presiding Judge Muhammad al-Uraybi then says that he decided to give the defence lawyers some time to present the list of the names of defence witnesses.
At 0802 gmt, Saddam's defence lawyer Khalil al-Dulaymi reads a statement in which he presents a number of demands on behalf of the defence. Al-Dulaymi raises the following points:
- The defence asks the court to reconsider the decision to prevent Arab and foreign lawyers from attending court sessions to defend their clients.
- The defence asks the court to present a copy of the letter signed by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, which was given to Vice-President Adil Abd-al-Mahdi, about the endorsement of the law of the Iraqi Supreme Criminal Court No 10 for year 2005.
- "Unknown" people broke into the places of residence of the defence lawyers and stole documents related to …