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Defense lawyer in Saddam trial abducted
Updated: 2005-10-21 06:30

Iraq's powerful Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Chalabi was present when he was released, Carroll added.

Saddam and the seven others went on trial on Wednesday but swiftly won an adjournment to November 28 to hone their defense after they pleaded not guilty; they all face the death penalty.


Defense lawyers want to bring in leading foreign attorneys to help them in a trial that has gripped Iraq and the world; Iraq's government and its U.S. sponsors say the process will be fair, helping Iraqis put their troubled past behind them and demonstrating that its new democracy can work.

It was not clear if the kidnapping would deter foreign lawyers from coming or lead to further calls for adjournment.

It may add to complaints that confrontation verging on civil war between Saddam's once dominant Sunni Arab minority and the Shi'ite-led government is not compatible with a fair trial.

Kidnapping for political motives or money is rampant; Sunni insurgents and Shi'ite militias are both accused of killings.

Bander, in a plain white traditional robe, sat at Saddam's right hand in court on Wednesday, loudly demanding and then donning a checkered Arab headscarf as proceedings got under way.

He is accused for overseeing the trials of dozens of Dujail men who were sentenced to death in the wake of the incident. His defense is expected to argue he was simply upholding the law.

In three hours of televised courtroom exchanges, the ousted Iraqi president harangued the Kurdish judge and tussled with his guards. Thursday's newspapers were filled with coverage. "The people are victorious over a tyrant," read one banner headline.

The judge, who has risked revenge attacks by appearing on television to try Saddam, told Reuters the court also needed time to persuade witnesses who were "scared" to testify.

One who will definitely give evidence shortly is a former intelligence officer in Dujail who is dying of cancer. The presiding judge, Rizgar Amin, told Reuters he would soon testify in hospital in case he died or was too ill to appear in court.

"Wadah al-Sheikh is one of the main witnesses; we are going to get his testimony, maybe next week," the judge said. "He is in hospital and very sick with cancer so we have to go to him."
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