Saddam Rejects Court Charges in Show of Defiance

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A video grab shows Iraq's deposed dictator Saddam Hussein appearing before an Iraqi tribunal in Iraq, July 1, 2004. Reuters hide caption

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Animated and defiant, Saddam Hussein appears before an Iraqi court, declaring himself the "president of Iraq" in a show of unbroken will. The former dictator rejected the seven charges filed against him, which include the gassing of Kurds, the invasion of Kuwait and the murder of Shiite clerics. Hear NPR's Steve Inskeep and NPR's Deborah Amos.

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