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Saddam's lawyers seek Mandela and Clark

Aug. 15, 2004 at 6:27 AM

AMMAN, Jordan, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Lawyers representing former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein said Sunday they want South African leader Nelson Mandela to join the defense team.

A statement issued by Saddam's defense lawyers in Amman also said former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark has shown interest in joining in Saddam's defense if the former Iraqi leader requested him.

Clark is an avid critic of U.S. policies in Iraq and met Saddam on several occasions when he frequently visited the country between 1991 and the start of the 2003 war.

Saddam's defense team includes 24 lawyers from Jordan, Belgium, France, the United States, Libya and Sudan, as well as hundreds of legal volunteers from around the world.

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