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2006-01-24 09:32:33

By Michael Georgy and Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The trial of Iraq's Saddam Hussein was delayed again on Tuesday after a series of twists that prompted his lawyers to challenge the proceedings, arguing that politicians are manipulating the U.S.-sponsored court. A court spokesman said the postponement to Sunday was due to witnesses failing to appear, but Saddam's lawyer called that an excuse to cover up chaos following the resignation of the chief judge, who complained of...

2006-01-18 13:13:54

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush expressed confidence on Wednesday that Saddam Hussein will be put on trial this year and said Saddam deserves to get his "due justice under rule of law." The trial of Saddam on crimes against humanity charges is due to resume on January 24 after a month-long recess, but the U.S.-sponsored court has been thrown into doubt with the resignation of Judge Rizgar Amin on Friday and the killings of two defense lawyers. Anxious to show...

2006-01-16 03:41:00

By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi officials were trying to persuade the chief judge in the trial of Saddam Hussein not to resign on Sunday after he announced he would quit in protest at government interference with the court. "The court has dispatched a senior judge today to visit him and try to dissuade him from resigning," one of the trial prosecutors, Mumkidh Taklif al-Fatlawi, said. "They are afraid of the damage this will do to the credibility of the tribunal." Quoting...

2006-01-15 12:53:17

By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi officials were trying to persuade the chief judge in the trial of Saddam Hussein not to resign on Sunday after he announced he would quit in protest at government interference with the court. "The court has dispatched a senior judge today to visit him and try to dissuade him from resigning," one of the trial prosecutors, Mumkidh Taklif al-Fatlawi, said. "They are afraid of the damage this will do to the credibility of the tribunal." Quoting...

2006-01-15 05:59:15

By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi officials were trying to persuade the chief judge in the trial of Saddam Hussein not to resign on Sunday after he announced he would quit in protest at government interference with the court. "The government has sent a delegation to see him because they are afraid of the damage this will do to the credibility of the tribunal," one of the prosecutors in the trial, Mumkidh Taklif al-Fatlawi, told Reuters. The killings of two defense lawyers...

2006-01-14 13:02:39

By Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The judge trying Saddam Hussein has tendered his resignation, a source said on Saturday, in a protest at political interference that casts new doubt on the U.S.-backed Iraqi government's ability to ensure a fair trial. High Tribunal officials were trying to talk Kurdish judge Rizgar Amin out of his decision, the source close to the judge told Reuters, adding Amin was reluctant to stay because Shi'ite leaders had criticized him for being "soft" on...

2006-01-14 11:50:54

By Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The chief judge in the trial of Saddam Hussein has tendered his resignation in protest at pressure from the Iraqi government on himself and the court, a source close to the judge told Reuters on Saturday. The revelation will fuel argument over the U.S.-backed government's ability to give the former president a fair trial in the middle of the bitter sectarian and ethnic conflict that has raged since Saddam's overthrow three years ago. High...

2006-01-12 12:08:21

By Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz is ailing and may have only weeks to live, his lawyer said on Thursday after visiting the man who was once the public face of Saddam Hussein's government abroad. Aziz, a tough, eloquent and loyal spokesman for Saddam and now in his late sixties, was jailed after the 2003 invasion of Iraq. No formal charges have been brought against him. "He is suffering from high blood pressure and he cannot walk...

2005-12-29 11:00:42

AMMAN (Reuters) - The United States should free Saddam Hussein if it wants to end its problems in Iraq and earn the friendship of Arabs, the former Iraqi president's lawyer wrote in a letter to U.S. President George W. Bush. The chief lawyer for Saddam at his trial for crimes against humanity in Baghdad told Bush that Iraqis who supported their former leader were waiting for a bold decision from the world's most powerful statesman to free him. "I call on you (President Bush) to...

2005-12-25 05:35:48

By Suleiman al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Lawyers for Saddam Hussein have asked his Baghdad court for an independent investigation into claims by the ousted Iraqi leader that he has been tortured by his American captors. Chief defense lawyer Khalil Dulaimi said on Sunday that Saddam expects mounting psychological and physical abuse to prevent him from properly defending himself in court. Saddam is on trial for his life in connection with the killing of 148 people in a village north...