Saddam Hussein returned to court on Tuesday for his genocide trial, two days after another panel convicted him of crimes against humanity and sentenced him to death.
Saddam, wearing a black suit and white shirt with a handkerchief, found his way quietly to his seat among the other six defendants charged in the Operation Anfal crackdown against Iraqi Kurds in the late 1980s.
The chief judge then convened the session and called the first witness.
On Sunday, Saddam was convicted in the deaths of nearly 150 Shiite Muslims following a 1982 assassination attempt against him in the town of Dujail in 1982.
He and two others were sentenced to death by hanging. The case is subject to appeal, and the Anfal trial will continue while the appeal is underway.