The trial of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein has been adjourned until 24 January.

Saddam and his seven co-defendants are on trial for crimes against humanity. They are charged in connection with the killing of 148 people in Dujail in 1982.

Prosecutors say he ordered the killings in reprisal for a failed bid to assassinate him in the area in 1982. Scores of families from Dujail were rounded up and shunted between jails around Iraq for four years after the attack.

During today’s proceedings at the trial in Baghdad the former Iraqi leader once again interrupted the court to denounce the United States.

He said the Americans had lied about weapons of mass destruction before invading Iraq in 2003, and were now lying again when they denied his claims of torture while in US custody.

During today's hearing, he said he had repeatedly pointed out to medical teams injuries he had sustained while in US custody.

Today’s hearing was the seventh since the trial opened in October.