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Clark says witnesses against Saddam giving false testimony

[JURIST] Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark [JURIST news archive], currently a defense lawyer for Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive], Friday accused witnesses of false testimony, claiming they had read their testimonies from pre-written statements. Only two of the nine witnesses [JURIST news archive] that have testified thus far have stood in open court, while the rest have testified from behind a curtain with their voices computer-modified. The identities of the witnesses have not been disclosed for security purposes after defense lawyers were murdered [JURIST report] in October, but Clark said the inability to confront the witnesses is a serious flaw in Iraq’s justice system. Clark also questioned the motives behind the testimony, claiming that the possibility of pressing for monetary compensation in a criminal court gave them improper motives and “corrupts the trial itself.” The trial has been adjourned until December 21 [JURIST report], after the December 15 Iraqi elections. Reuters has more.

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