BAGHDAD, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Lawyers for Saddam Hussein and seven co-defendants in a mass-murder trial said Wednesday they will no longer cooperate with the Special Iraqi Tribunal.
Al-Jazeera reports Khalil al-Dulaimi, the chief counsel for Saddam, said the next part of the trial, due to resume Nov. 28, is illegitimate and urged for international action after the assassination of a second legal team member and the shooting of a third.
Adil al-Zubeidi was killed Tuesday and Thamer Hamoud al-Khuzaie was injured in the attack. Both are counsel for Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti, Saddam's half-brother, and Taha Yassin Ramadan, a former vice president.
Al-Dulaimi has called for a change of venue to another country where the attorneys could conduct the trial safely. He said they can't even talk to witnesses among other things because of safety concerns.
Saddam and the seven co-defendants are on trial for the 1982 alleged murder of 143 Shiites.
Richard Goldstone, a U.N. tribunal prosecutor for Yugoslavia war crimes said there is no hope for a fair trial in today's Iraq.