U.S. attorney: Hussein trial unfair

Nov. 5, 2006 at 9:22 AM
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BAGHDAD, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- A former U.S. attorney general representing Saddam Hussein was ejected from the Baghdad courtroom before Saddam's verdict and sentence were read.

Defense team leader Ramsey Clark was ousted after he handed the tribunal judge a memorandum protesting the trial process, Sky News said Sunday.

The Iraqi tribunal court sentenced the former dictator to death by hanging for crimes against humanity. He was convicted of ordering the executions of 148 people in Dujail after a 1982 assassination attempt against him.

Clark said called the trial a "disaster for justice," saying it was unfair "in more ways than you can count," Sky News said.

"When you think of all the things people have said, it's very difficult to see anything happening except a death sentence," said Clark, the U.S. attorney general between 1967-1969.

Clark, who met Saddam before the 1991 Gulf War, said his client should have been tried by an independent United Nations-sponsored court.

He criticized the timing of the verdict as well, noting it was announced two days before the midterm elections in the United States.

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