Yup, I read that too. But I suppose it's the defendents right not to sign any document in the absence of his counsels. The nature of this trial is going to be lengthy and complex for sure.
Mr Chalabi has said earlier the trials of Saddam and other senior figures probably would not begin before next year.
A French lawyer, Emmanuel Ludot, one of a 20-strong team appointed by Saddam?s wife to represent him, said the former president would refuse to acknowledge any court or any judge.
"It will be a court of vengeance, a settling of scores," Ms Ludot told France Info radio, saying any judge sitting in the court would be under pressure to find Saddam guilty.
But the trial could contribute to the upheaval in Iraq by polarising Saddam?s supporters and detractors, said Walid Mohammed al-Shibibi, a Baghdad attorney and editor of a legal journal.
"This will escalate into terrorist attacks," he said.
The Laws in Iraq now may free Saddaam from death penalty which I would suspect many Iraqis are not going to be too happy about it. For sure, he is not at all innocent of listed crimes but I am also sure other allegations will be dismissed. I would suspect the outcome of this trial will give Saddam maximum life imprisonment.
This trial is gonna be interestingly wicked for sure.