AMMAN, Jordan (AP) – Saddam Hussein challenged the chief judge in his Kurdish genocide trial Tuesday, telling him in a letter that he no longer wants to attend the hearings and that he was ready to face the consequences.

In a handwritten Arabic statement made available to The Associated Press, Saddam cited what he claimed were repeated “insults” by the chief judge, Mohammed Oreibi al-Khalifa, and prosecutors trying him for his role in the 1987-88 military campaign, code-named Operation Anfal.

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