Saddam Hussein is going on trial in Baghdad for crimes against humanity.
The former Iraqi leader will be led into court on Wednesday with seven associates, charged with ordering the killing of 143 Shia men in 1982.
His lawyer Khalil Dulaimi said the trial was illegitimate and he would ask for an adjournment, but said Saddam Hussein was still "very optimistic".
The case will be heard in a specially built courtroom in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone.
It will be filmed by TV cameras.