There appears to have been an unexpected turn of events in the trail of Saddam Hussein. The trial will resume at an unexpected session Sunday, rather
then in three weeks as had been expected. Apparently one of the key witness's for the prosecution, Wadah Ismael Al-Sheik has what is perceived to be
terminal cancer. . If Al-Sheik recovers, he probably will be a defendant in a later case regarding another alleged massacre that took place under
A key prosecution witness in Saddam Hussein's trial will testify at an unexpected session Sunday because the former intelligence official is
seriously ill with cancer, officials said Thursday.
The witness, Wadah Ismael Al-Sheik, was a senior Iraqi intelligence officer at the time of the Dujail massacre in 1982 that Saddam and seven other
co-defendants are charged with, two lawyers said. They spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid compromising the case or the heavy security
Saddam made a defiant initial court appearance Wednesday on the murder and torture charges, along with the seven former government and Baath Party
officials, and chief prosecutor Jaafar al-Mousawi, outlined the case against the men. The three-hour session then adjourned until Nov. 28.
But in a surprise, lawyers said Al-Sheik will testify Sunday at a U.S. detention center where he is being held near Baghdad's international airport
because of his cancer. If he recovers, he could be a defendant in a later case regarding another alleged massacre carried out during Saddam's rule,
the lawyers said.
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This turn of events could be real bad for Saddam considering the man may be expecting to die which in effect makes this a death bed statement.
No comments from any of Saddam’s legal team have released any statements on this development, but I assume they are not very happy over this turn of
events, since they expected to have three more weeks to prepare.
Lets hope after this witness testifies that more witness’s will come forward so he can get the speedy trial he does not want.
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[edit on 10/20/2005 by shots]