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Defense to request three-month delay in Saddam trial

[JURIST] Khalil Dulaimi, defense lawyer for Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive], announced Tuesday that he plans to ask the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website; JURIST news archive] for an immediate three-month adjournment in the first trial against Hussein so the defense has an opportunity to fully prepare its case. Dulaimi said he was optimistic the court would grant his request. In the proceeding, scheduled to begin Wednesday, Hussein faces charges that he ordered the killing of nearly 150 Shia in the town of Dujail in 1982. This request for delay comes despite Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari on Monday lamenting any prospect of further delays in Hussein's trial [JURIST report]. AP has more.

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