Saddam meets lawyer to prepare for war crimes trial

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein met with his Iraqi lawyer Khalil Dulaimi Monday, after Iraqi authorities announced that his first trial before the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website] will begin on October 19 [JURIST report]. Hussein faces charges [JURIST report] for the 1982 massacre of over 140 Shiites following an assassination attempt on the former dictator's life. Members of Hussein's Jordan-based defense team have said the chosen date for his trial was "politically motivated" and will not give Dulaimi time to adequately prepare [JURIST report]. If found guilty, Hussein could face the death penalty, but Iraq's president has said that he will not sign any death warrant [JURIST report] issued for Hussein. AFP has more.

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