A source has reported that after making obscene remarks about Shia Muslims, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was attacked by two court clerks who pummeled him with punches as his American guards looked on, apparently amused by the whole incident.

The source, who is close to the investigation, says that Saddams comments were in reference to the 1991 attacks on the shrines of two imams, Hussein and Abbas, in Karbala.

US forces and the Iraqi tribunal both refute claims of the attack taking place.