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Saddam adds three Arab lawyers to defense team

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] has authorized three more lawyers to work with the four already representing him at his Baghdad trial [JURIST news archive] for the 1982 massacre at Dujail [NPR audio report] that left as many as 143 Shiite Muslims dead. The defense team additions are: Saleh Armouti, president of the Jordanian Bar Association, one of 500 Jordanians who volunteered their services; Ibrahim al-Mulla, a United Arab Emirates lawyer and former Dubai Attorney General; and Tayseer al-Mudather, a lawyer from Sudan. Armouti said he volunteered to participate in the trial as a means of protesting the "illegal" occupation of Iraq by the US. The three lawyers join the current defense team lead by Iraqi Khalil Dulaimi [Wikipedia profile] and including former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark [Wikipedia profile], former Qatari Justice Minister Najib al-Nueimi, and Issam Ghazawi, another Jordanian. Hussein's trial is slated to resume on January 24. AP has more.

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