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"Please allow me not to sign until the lawyers are present. ... Anyhow, when you take a procedure to bring me here again, present me with all these papers with the presence of lawyers. Why would you behave in a manner that we might call hasty later on?" he said.
"You know that this is all a theater by Bush, the criminal, to help him with his campaign," he said.
"The armed forces went to Kuwait," Saddam said. "Is it possible to raise accusations against an official figure and this figure be treated apart from the official guarantees stipulated by the constitution and the law? Where is this law upon which you are conducting investigations?"
"How could Saddam be tried over Kuwait that said it will reduce Iraqi women to 10-dinar prostitutes?" he continued, referring to himself in the third person. "He defended Iraq's honor and revived its historical rights over those dogs."
At the conclusion of the hearing, two guards approached Saddam to lead him away. "Take it easy," he told them. "I'm an old man."
The seven broad charges against Saddam are the killing of religious figures in 1974; gassing of Kurds in Halabja; killing the Kurdish Barzani clan in 1983; killing members of political parties in the last 30 years; the 1986-88 "Anfal" campaign of displacing Kurds; the suppression of the 1991 uprisings by Kurds and Shiites; and the 1990 invasion of Kuwait.
Originally posted by TrickmastertricK
I saw on Fox News today that 41% of Iraqis want Saddam Freed. This can not be good for democracy.
Originally posted by Muaddib
I am not so sure about the 41% people wanting him back, but it could be possible. What is certain thou, is that more and more people are feeling less scared, and able to make fun of Saddam.
Originally posted by Jamuhn
I'm sure the lawyer will be at the next one. This trial was for Saddam to review the charges against him. But even then, I'm curious about the lawyer too.