Saddam Hussein confirms sacking of legal team

Saddam Hussein confirms sacking of legal team

[JURIST] In a meeting Tuesday with his lawyer and the judge investigating charges against him, ousted Iraqi president Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] confirmed that he has reduced his legal team to one lawyer. As previously claimed in a statement by Hussein's family [JURIST report], Hussein said that he will now be represented by Iraqi Khalil Dulaimi, formerly a member of his large Jordan-based legal team. The Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website] had initially blocked the Hussein family's attempt to disband his legal team [JURIST report], saying that only Hussein himself has the authority to do so. Hussein's family is expected to select a new group of lawyers to represent him before his trial is expected to begin within the next two months. Reuters has more.