Saturday, July 03, 2004
Via Zemblan patriots J.M. and J.D.: Man, those Iraqis are letting freedom reign in ways that our own administration can only dream of. From the AP wire:
A team of lawyers claiming to represent Saddam Hussein today postponed a visit to Baghdad, hours after saying its representative would defy death threats to meet with the deposed Iraqi dictator . . . .And, lest you fear the trial might degenerate into a circus . . . .
"We are trying to move for the defense of Mr. President Saddam Hussein, despite our concern for the safety of our colleague," Rashdan said earlier. "The trial began, and the president has been denied his legal right to a lawyer, which is in violation of international law and the due process."
On Thursday, Issam Ghazawi, one of the lawyers, said he had received a telephone call from Iraqi Justice Minister Malek Dohan al-Hassan, who allegedly threatened that if the lawyers made it to Baghdad, they "will not only be killed, but cut into pieces."
Another lawyer, Ziad al-Khasawneh, said al-Hassan has told him to go visit mass graves that Saddam is responsible for "instead of defending him."
On Friday, the defense team announced that the daughter of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi will join Saddam's defense team, which already includes lawyers from Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia and Western countries such as the United States, Britain, France and Belgium, to fight the war crimes charges the former Iraqi leader is facing.
Aicha Moammar Gadhafi, a law professor in her late 20s, will form a team of Libyan legal experts to help in the defense, al-Khasawneh told AP.