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Iraqi defense counsel says he saw marks of torture on Saddam

[JURIST] Khalil Dulaimi, chief Iraqi lawyer for Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive], claimed Friday in an interview with the Associated Press that his client had been "severely tortured" by Americans during his detention, bolstering Saddam's own claims [JURIST report] dramatically made in court Wednesday. He said that three medical teams had found evidence of abuse and that he himself had seen bruises on Hussein's body and had filed a complaint with the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website]. US officials have repeatedly denied allegations that Hussein had been tortured in US custody [White House transcript] and the Iraqi investigating judge who put together the case against Hussein has stated that the former president always answered "No" when asked if he had been abused [JURIST report]. On Friday Dulaimi also claimed violations of the Geneva Convention because Hussein and his defense lawyers were only allowed one 10 minute session together during this week's trial proceedings under the surveillance of cameras and guards. Iraqi chief prosecutor Jaafar al-Mousawi plans to visit Hussein and his co-defendants to listen and review their health and needs. The trial has been adjourned until January 24 [JURIST report]. AP has more.

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