New Saddam tape aired
Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein has complained about insufficient access to his lawyer, in a new tape aired Thursday by a Dubai-based Arabic television station.
The footage, broadcast by Al-Arabiya on Thursday, showed the former Iraqi leader objecting to Judge Munir Haddad about only getting to see his lawyer when he was being questioned by investigative judges. "Does the lawyer only see his client when there is an investigation session. Is this the law?" Saddam asked.
A man who appears to be his lawyer was beside him.
Saddam expressed his anger after not getting a response from judges when he greeted them. "When someone like me says 'peace be upon you,' and no one responds, then, this is a big insult for someone like Saddam Hussein," said the former Iraqi leader.
Saddam also said his arrest and detention by the US-backed Iraqi government was a joke, since the Americans were the ones in power. "I am under detention. This is what is being said. It is a game," he told the judge.