SH Trial lawyer: found dead

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Saddam trial lawyer is found dead

A lawyer who was defending an associate of Saddam Hussein has been found dead, a day after he was kidnapped.
"He was killed. It is confirmed," Diaa al-Saadi, an official of the Iraqi lawyers' union said he had been told.

The lawyer, Sadoun Nasouaf al-Janavi, was taken from his office in eastern Baghdad on Thursday evening.

He was acting for one of Saddam Hussein's co-defendants, Awad Hamed al-Bandar. One report said seven other people were seized at the same time.

The trial opened on Wednesday and was adjourned until 28 November.
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Saddam trial lawyer found shot dead News Staff

A lawyer who was defending an associate of Saddam Hussein has been found dead, just hours after he was kidnapped.

His body, with two gun shot wounds to the head, was dumped near a Baghdad mosque, police and a top official in Iraq's lawyers' union confirmed Friday.

Saadoun Sughaiyer al-Janabi was abducted from his office Thursday evening, a day after he attended the first session of the trial, acting as the lawyer of one Saddam's seven co-defendants.

Al-Janabi's body was found in the street near Baghdad's Fardous Mosque.

Diaa al-Saadi, a senior lawyers syndicate official, told the Associated Press that al-Janabi's family had confirmed he was dead.

"He was killed. It is confirmed," al-Saadi told AP.

"This will have grave repercussions. This will hinder lawyers from defending those held for political reasons," he warned.

The killing was the first setback for a tribunal that has been held under tight security.


Saddam, who alongside the seven former members of his regime is being tried on charges in connection with a 1982 massacre of nearly 150 Shiites, was represented by two lawyers in the court, lead attorney Khalil Dulaimi and Khamees al-Ubaidi.

If convicted of the charges -- revealed for the first time Wednesday to include murder, torture, forced expulsion and illegal imprisonment -- the accused could be sentenced to death by hanging.

After Hussein entered a not guilty plea the 68-year-old former dictator's trial was adjourned until Nov. 28.

Court session Sunday

To avoid that lengthy delay, however, the trial will convene for an unexpected session this weekend so that a key prosecution witness who is seriously ill with cancer can testify.

Former senior Iraqi intelligence officer Wadah Ismael Al-Sheik has specific knowledge pertaining to the 1982 massacre in Dujail, lawyers said Thursday, noting he will testify at the detention centre where he's being held by U.S. forces.

Hussein's trial is widely expected to be the first in a series for atrocities carried out during his 23-year rule over Iraq.

A panel of five judges will hear the case and also render a verdict.

Prosecutors are investigating other cases involving much larger numbers of victims, including the killing of an estimated 180,000 Kurds. But Saddam is being tried first on the Dujail massacre because it presented the easiest case for prosecutors to assemble.

what a fecking mess the US Cabal created willingly, enthusiastically and by choice. Georgie.........your fecking drums of war have created more havoc and anti american resentment then ever before. Did ya get a buzz going to this war ??? Was it the high/thrill you thought it might be?? Did it fullfill your need for power tripping??? is a pathetic case for a human being.

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