A Collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh

Saddam trial lawyer flees Iraq, seeks asylum in Qatar

[JURIST] Lawyer Thamer Hamoud al-Khuzaie, who represents two of Saddam Hussein's co-defendants, has fled Iraq and is seeking asylum in Qatar following an attempt on his life. The news was revealed in a letter, obtained by Reuters Monday, written by Khuzaie to Qatar's Emir Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani [profile]. "I ask your generous highness and all Arabic leaders to grant me humanitarian asylum with my family because danger is chasing us every minute," Khuzaie wrote to the Emir. The actions taken by Khuzaie come after Saddam's lawyers severed contact [JURIST report] with the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website] last week in response to the murder of defense team member Adil al-Zubeidi [BBC report; TIME interview]. Khuzaie was wounded in the same attack. Reuters has more.

Previously in JURIST's Paper Chase...

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.