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Saddam Hussein's lawyer says trial is a sham

"This court is nothing more than a continuation of the war and the occupation to destroy and demonise the former leadership"

india Updated: May 10, 2006 03:52 IST

Ramsey Clark, a former US attorney general now defending Saddam Hussein, said the former Iraqi president's trial is a sham staged and paid for by the United States to remove Saddam as a symbol of resistance.

"This court is nothing more than a continuation of the war -- shock and awe -- and the occupation to destroy and demonise the former leadership, make them seem barbarian," Clark said. "A court has to be legal. It's true you could get a fair trial in an illegal court, but it wouldn't be legal," Clark said at a news conference. "And if you believe in the rule of law, you have to begin with legality."

"And this court's clearly not legal," he said. Clark also implied that President George W. Bush is exercising inordinate influence over the court, and he quoted a comment from the president that the trial was "on track" at a time when a judge had been murdered and squabbling had made the proceedings chaotic. On the trial itself, Clark said he probably would not return for the restart of the trial, which he said was scheduled for Monday. He said Saddam is his only client, and he thinks the judges have determined to turn their attention to the seven other defendants.