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Former AG Ramsey Clark to Defend Saddam Hussein

By November 27, 2005

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Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark has joined Saddam Hussein's legal defense team. After leaving his Attorney General post, Clark stirred controversy in the late 1960s by becoming an anti-Vietnam war activist.

"A fair trial in this case is absolutely imperative for historical truth," stated Clark in this Reuters report. "It is absolutely essential that the court is legal in its constitution. A court cannot be a court unless it is absolutely independent of all external pressures and forces."

Hussein's trial is scheduled to resume on Monday after a 40-day adjournment, granted by the court to allow both sides to prepare their cases.

The 77-year-old Clark will join former justice minister of Qatar, Najeeb al-Nauim in defending Hussein.

Hussein and his co-defendants are being tried for their alleged involvement in the deaths of 148 Iraqis after a failed assassination attempt on Saddam in 1982.

Do Clark and al-Nauim face an impossible task in defending Hussein? Remember, Saddam has faced may trials.

Also See:
Saddam on Trial: Right Where He Wants to Be
Official Biography of Saddam Hussein


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