The chief judge in Saddam Hussein's genocide trial has been replaced, the government spokesman's office confirmed.
There was no immediate word on who would replace Judge Abdullah al-Amiri nor why he was replaced. The government spokesman's office confirmed that he had been replaced without giving further details.
Al-Iraqiya also did not say why he was replaced, but the pan-Arab satellite stations Al-Arabiya and Al-Jazeera said al-Amiri was replaced at the request of Iraq's prime minister.
Prosecutors had asked for al-Amiri to be replaced after he allowed Saddam to lash out at Kurdish witnesses.
Last week, al-Amiri stirred further controversy after he told the ex-president that "you were not a dictator."