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Archive for Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Lawyers to attend trial for first time in weeks

February 28, 2006

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Saddam Hussein's Iraqi lawyers will attend this week's trial session, a month after they walked out in protest and accused the chief judge of being biased against their client, one of the lawyers said Monday.

Khamis al-Obeidi said only the eight Iraqi attorneys will be at today's session; he said five foreigners defending the ex-president and members of his former regime could not come to Iraq due to days of curfew and violence. "They will attend the following sessions," al-Obeidi said.

However, in Switzerland, two foreign members of Saddam's defense team said they were unsure when they might be allowed to see the deposed leader. They accused the court of blocking access to their client.

The defense team asked to postpone today's court session because of sectarian violence that left more than 200 people dead following the bombing of a Shiite shrine last week. Al-Obeidi said any delay would be announced at the beginning of today's session.

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