Saddam accuses the attorney general of bias
Iraq, Politics, 3/2/2006
The toppled Iraqi president Saddam Hussein accused the chairman of the attorney commission Jaafar al-Musawi of making premature assessment about the case before a conclusion and conviction in the case of those persons accused of killing 148 persons in al-Dajil city.
Saddam said in an intervention on the 14th session of his trial together with 7 of his aides which was resumed on Wednesday that the government's attorney Jaafar al-Musawi is supposed to be neutral in representing the complainers and the accused, but reality proves that he is a lawyer working on behalf of the complainers.
The defense lawyer Khalil al-Duleimi attended the session but asked to postpone the trial until considering the appeal he had given on the legitimacy of the chairman of the court judge Raouf Rashid Abdul Rahman and accused him of addressing accusations to his client, and because of that, Duleimi withdrew from the hall.
Like other earlier sessions, the session witnessed controversial interjections between Barazan Ibrahim al-Takrity, who is accused in this case, on the one hand, and the judge and the attorney general, on the other.
Barazan told the chairman of the court that the attorney general who represents the interest of both the accused and the complainer, hold us guilty in this trial and in the press uses the word "victims," which means he already made a prejudgment.
Meantime, A New York Times report (NYTimes.com) today noted that Saddam Hussein acknowledged that he did order the trial of the 148 persons, because, as Saddam stated, they were involved in shooting to kill a head of a state (Saddam), and that it is normal to have a trial under such circumstance, and Saddam asked the prosecution to release the other defendants because they have nothing to do with this decision, as it was his decision alone.
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