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Thursday, March 03, 2005

Saddam Lawyer Seeks to Delay Tribunal

Associated Press Report - Yahoo Publication

By ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press Writer

Excerpt - TOKYO - Saddam Hussein's chief lawyer said Thursday that the murder this week of a judge appointed to a tribunal to try the former dictator and his aides shows that Iraq remains too dangerous for such trials and urged authorities to delay proceedings by at least another year.

Ziad al-Khasawneh, who heads a committee set up to provide the former Iraqi president's legal defense, said he expects violence in Iraq to escalate unless the tribunal's proceedings are delayed.

"I can't imagine how the court would begin," he said in an interview with The Associated Press. "The streets are burning, the judges are killed. There are a lot of problems in Iraq."

"The advocates and the judge, they need a quiet area to read, to study, to discuss," al-Khasawneh said in Japan, where he was trying to raise support. "It is impossible to make these things this year, or after this year."

On Tuesday, three gunmen in a speeding car killed Judge Barwez Mohammed Mahmoud al-Merwani and his son, lawyer Aryan Barwez al-Merwani, outside their Baghdad home.

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