As the judge began reading the death sentence SaddamHussein shouted out "Allahu Akbar!" (God is Great) and "Long live Iraq!Long live the Iraqi people! Down with the traitors!"
The former leader looked shocked and furious as thesentence was passed, and continued to shout, denouncing the court, thejudge and the US-led occupation force in Iraq.
But the BBC's world affairs editor John Simpson saidthat after his tirade, which was clearly deliberate, Saddam Husseinseemed to have a small smile of triumph on his face as he was led awayfrom the courtroom.
"It was as if he was thinking 'I've come here and done what I intended to do,'" our correspondent said.