Lawyer: More violence if Saddam sentenced to death[Special Report]
www.chinaview.cn 2006-10-30 17:07:39

Special report: Trial of Saddam Hussein

    BEIJING, Oct. 30 (Xinhuanet) -- Saddam Hussein's chief lawyer warned U.S. President George W. Bush that there will be violence in Iraq and the Mideast if the former president is sentenced to death for genocide charges, according to media reports Monday.

    Leading Iraqi attorney Khalil al-Dulaimi warned Sunday in a letter to Bush that a verdict by the Iraqi High Tribunal against Saddam and seven co-defendents over the killing of 148 Shiite villagers in the Iraqi village of Dujail could plunge Iraq and the region into violence.

Saddam Hussein's chief lawyer warned U.S. President George W. Bush that there will be violence in Iraq and the Mideast if the former president is sentenced to death for genocide charges, according to media reports Monday.

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    "This decision will set ablaze anew the country and plunge the entire region into the unknown..." said he.

    A verdict in Saddam's first trial is expected Nov. 5. The defendants face possible execution if found guilty.

    Dulaimi said the verdict due by the court was timed to coincide with US Congressional elections.

    "There is an unfair decision that has already been taken by the court to eliminate President Saddam Hussein in time with the U.S. Congressional elections, through which the U.S. administration seeks to safeguard its position," he said.

    In the letter, the lawyer also warned Bush: "You will risk your troops who have lost control over Iraq and you will place in danger your interests and the security of the region."

    Dulaimi urged Bush to set free Saddam and put an end to the trial which he described again as illegal and a farce, adding that he would break a monthlong boycott and attend proceedings Monday when Saddam's second trial resumes on separate charges of genocide against the Kurds.

    In a separate letter by Saddam himself, addressed to the court's presiding judge, the ousted president also called for the verdict against him not to be pronounced on Nov. 5, just two days before the U.S. midterm elections.

    Saddam warned that such timing would reinforce Bush's Republican party in the elections. "The propaganda machine will seek to show that Bush has achieved his strategic goal" in Iraq, he was quoted as saying by media reports.

    Meanwhile, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, denied speculation that the timing of the verdict was set to coincide with midterm elections in the United States.

    "That decision was made by the Iraqi judges," he told CNN on Sunday when asked about the verdict being scheduled two days ahead of the elections.

    Saddam's defense team began boycotting the trial Sept. 24 after the dismissal of the chief judge, who had been criticized as being too soft on Saddam.

    The lawyers said later they also were protesting the five-judge court's refusal to give them more time to review some 10,000 documents in the trial.

    (Agencies)

Editor: Wang Yan
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