Saddam's family to sue tabloids, U.S.

May 22, 2005 at 5:47 AM
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AMMAN, Jordan, May 22 (UPI) -- Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's lawyers said Sunday his family will sue a British and American tabloid for printing Saddam's pictures half naked.

The head of Saddam's defense team, Jordanian lawyer Ziyad Khasawneh, released a statement saying the toppled president's family tasked him with "taking all legal measures against" the British Sun and American New York Post newspapers for publishing pictures of the former Iraqi president in his underwear.

Khasawneh said he also intends to sue the U.S. administration and army for the same reason and has already started legal procedures.

The lawyer maintains publishing such photographs is a violation of international laws and the Geneva Conventions, since Saddam is regarded as a war prisoner.

The head of Jordan's branch of the Arab Human Rights Organization accused U.S. forces in Iraq of purposely leaking the published photograhs.

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