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After a two week recess, Saddam Hussein's trial has resumed in Baghdad.

Two of the seven defendants are expected to give their closing arguments.

The former Iraqi leader is not in court.

Saddam was hospitalized yesterday on the 17th day of a hunger strike he launched to demand better security for his lawyers.

He's expected in court later in the week.

The chief judge adjourned the session on July eleventh to give the defense team time to reconsider a boycott they launched to protest the assassination of their colleague on June 21st.

The defense team has blamed the slaying on Shiite militiamen.

But the defense announced last week it would continue the boycott, despite the judge's threat to appoint attorneys to deliver final summations if the regular lawyers failed to show up.