Saddam's lawyers to boycott trial

Khalil al-Dulaimi, the head of the team, accused the US led "occupation forces" of responsibility for the killing and said he and his colleagues felt unable to continue due to daily threats which was preventing them from going to their offices and interviewing witnesses.

The defence lawyers declared that they consider the projected reopening of the trial, on 28th November, "null and void" and maintained that only a "direct, neutral international intervention" will guarantee security.

The Iraqi government, and US Justice Department lawyers advising them, have rejected calls for the case to be heard in another country or before an international tribunal.

Officials insisted that the trial will go ahead as planned and said that the court will take it upon itself to appoint a new legal team if the current one fail to appear.

However, such a move will further dent the credibility of the legal process. Although Iraqi law allows the court to appoint defence lawyers, the practice was widely criticised by Western governments and human rights groups when it took place under Saddam Hussein's regime.

The boycott call comes after gunmen killed Adel al-Zubeidi, the lawyer for former vice-president Taha Yassin Ramadan, and injured Thamir al-Khuazale, representing Saddam's half brother Barazan Ibrahim, in an ambush.

Last month, just days after the trial had begun, another defence attorney, Saadoun al-Janabi, was shot dead. Those involved with the case killed so far also include one of the judges and his son; the brother of the chief prosecutor, Jaafar al-Mousawi and three other court officials.

The five judges trying the case said yesterday that it will give a ruling in the near future. Rizgar Mohammed Amin, a Kurd, who presided over the first day of the case, said "We are five members if the court and now is the time to sit down and talk and discuss this among us so we can reach a decision in the coming days."

The United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan, said in a statement, "It is vitally important that security of all involved with the tribunal be equally assured to ensure a fair trial free from intimidation and coercion."

Iraq's president, Jalal Talabani, condemned the latest assassination and urged the remaining defence lawyers to accept the offer of government protection which they have refused so far.

However, Mr Dulaimi responded, "It is the Interior Ministry that has offered to provide us with protection against these attacks, but it is the Ministry itself that is planning the killings.

"The occupation forces are responsible for this criminal incident, and they bear the responsibility of preserving the lives of the people regardless of their identity."

Meanwhile violence continued across the country yesterday. Seven policemen were killed and five others injured when a suicide car bomb struck a patrol near Baqouba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad. A driver for the Sudanese embassy was shot dead in Baghdad and an US Marine was killed by a roadside bomb in western Iraq bringing the number of US servicemen killed to 2,055.

Suggested Topics
Voices
voicesGood for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, writes Grace Dent
News
The University of California study monitored the reaction of 36 dogs
sciencePets' range of emotions revealed
Life and Style
fashion Designs are part of feminist art project by a British student
News
Joining forces: young British men feature in an Isis video in which they urge Islamists in the West to join them in Iraq and Syria
newsWill the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?
PROMOTED VIDEO
News
ebookA powerful collection of reportage on Egypt’s cycle of awakening and relapse
Arts and Entertainment
The nomination of 'The Wake' by Paul Kingsnorth has caused a stir
books
Arts and Entertainment
The Tour de France peloton rides over a bridge on the Grinton Moor, Yorkshire, earlier this month
film
News
Snoop Dogg pictured at The Hollywood Reporter Nominees' Night in February, 2013
people... says Snoop Dogg
News
i100
Life and Style
food + drinkZebra meat is exotic and lean - but does it taste good?
Arts and Entertainment
Residents of Derby Road in Southampton oppose filming of Channel 4 documentary Immigration Street in their community
tv
Voices
voicesSiobhan Norton on why she eventually changed her mind
News
i100
Extras
indybest
Sport
Scottish singer Susan Boyle will perform at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow
commonwealth games
Arts and Entertainment
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson stars in Hercules
filmReview: The Rock is a muscular Davy Crockett in this preposterous film, says Geoffrey Macnab
Life and Style
tech
Independent
Travel Shop
the manor
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on city breaks Find out more
santorini
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on chic beach resorts Find out more
sardina foodie
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on country retreats Find out more
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

BI Manager - £50,000

£49000 - £55000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: My client is...

BI Project Manager - £48,000 - £54,000 - Midlands

£48000 - £54000 per annum + Benefits package: Progressive Recruitment: My clie...

VB.Net Developer

£35000 - £45000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: If you're pa...

SAP Business Consultant (SD, MM and FICO), £55,000, Wakefield

£45000 - £55000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: SAP Business...

Day In a Page

Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Climate change threatens to make the antarctic fur seal extinct

Take a good look while you can

How climate change could wipe out this seal
Man Booker Prize 2014 longlist: Crowdfunded novel nominated for first time

Crowdfunded novel nominated for Booker Prize

Paul Kingsnorth's 'The Wake' is in contention for the prestigious award
Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

A $25m thriller starring Sam Worthington to be made in God's Own Country
Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy': A land of the outright bizarre

Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy'

A land of the outright bizarre
What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic's latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do The Independent’s experts think he’s missed out?
Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?

The worst kept secret in cinema

A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
Facebook: The new hatched, matched and dispatched

The new hatched, matched and dispatched

Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements
Why do we have blood types?

Are you my type?

All of us have one but probably never wondered why. Yet even now, a century after blood types were discovered, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
Honesty box hotels: You decide how much you pay

Honesty box hotels

Five hotels in Paris now allow guests to pay only what they think their stay was worth. It seems fraught with financial risk, but the honesty policy has its benefit
Commonwealth Games 2014: Why weight of pressure rests easy on Michael Jamieson’s shoulders

Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

The Scottish swimmer is ready for ‘the biggest race of my life’ at the Commonwealth Games
Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Amazing video shows Nasa 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action

Fireballs in space

Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
A Bible for billionaires

A Bible for billionaires

Find out why America's richest men are reading John Brookes