Jordanian lawyer plans to meet Saddam
Despite security and safety concerns, a team of lawyers that claims to represent Saddam Hussein is dispatching an envoy to Iraq to try to meet with the deposed Iraqi president, group members said Saturday.
"I am leaving to Iraq on Sunday, despite the risk, which
I am ready to bear," said Ziad Najdawi, one of 20 Jordanian and foreign lawyers appointed by Saddam's wife, Sajida.
Mohammed Rashdan, who heads the defense team, told The
Associated Press that they decided to dispatch Najdawi to present Iraqi authorities with the power of attorney signed by Sajida and try to meet Saddam.
"We are trying to move for the defense of Mr. President
Saddam Hussein, despite our concern for the safety of our
colleague," Rashdan said. "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
The defense lawyers have claimed that Iraqi authorities
have threatened them if they traveled to Iraq. (albawaba.com)
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