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Saddam's lawyer appeals to UNSC for fair trial

The defence believes that chief judge Abdel-Rahman cannot rule fairly because he is openly hostile to Saddam.

india Updated: Feb 24, 2006 11:15 IST

Saddam Hussein's lawyer has requested the UN Security Council to set up a court for trying the former dictator, saying that trials in Iraq will not produce a fair outcome.

"It is the only way you are going to get free of the pressure" in Iraq to convict Saddam, said Ramsey Clark, a former US attorney general, who joined the ousted Iraqi leader's defence team last year.

The defence wants chief judge Raouf Rashid Abdel-Rahman to act on a motion calling for him to disqualify himself from the case.

The defence believes that Abdel-Rahman cannot rule fairly in the case because he is openly hostile to Saddam and because his relatives died in the gas attack on the village of Halabja in 1988, Clark said.

At the moment, Saddam is facing charges in connection with the massacre of more than 100 people in Dujail in 1982, but he could face additional charges.

First Published: Feb 24, 2006 11:15 IST