Sunday, February 05, 2006


AP: Lawyer says U.S. blocking Saddam meeting

By JAMAL HALABY, Associated Press Writer -- 1 hour, 4 minutes ago

AMMAN, Jordan - Saddam Hussein's chief lawyer on Sunday claimed U.S. forces turned down two defense requests to meet with the deposed Iraqi leader and his co-defendants.

Khalil al-DulaimiKhalil al-Dulaimi, left, told The Associated Press that two requests -- one by him and the second by other defense lawyers in Iraq -- presented to U.S. military authorities in Baghdad on Friday and Saturday were "rejected." He said no reasons were cited.

There was no immediate comment from U.S. officials in Baghdad, who may no longer regard al-Dulaimi as part of Saddam's legal counsel (because he stormed out of court in protest last time? Courts don't allow that. -D.H.).

In a stormy session last Sunday, chief judge Raouf Rasheed Abdel-Rahman ordered Saddam out of the courtroom for arguing with him over the former president's refusal to accept court-appointed lawyers. The original defense team had walked out in protest after the judge threw out a Jordanian lawyer together with one of Saddam's co-defendants.

Raid Juhi, the judge who investigated the case against Saddam and his co-defendants, said such requests routinely come to the Iraqi High Tribunal and not to U.S. military authorities in Iraq.

"We had not received any requests from defense lawyers to meet with Saddam and others," Juhi, who is also the tribunal's spokesman, told The Associated Press in Baghdad.

Full AP-Yahoo News story.

Dave Haigler, Abilene, Texas -- lawfirm webpage: www.haigler.info

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