Saddam lawyers say they have not yet received charges or documents

[JURIST] A lawyer for Saddam Hussein said in a BBC interview [RealPlayer audio] broadcast Friday that his legal team had not yet received any list of formal charges, despite the Iraqi government's statement that the former Iraqi president's Saddam Hussein's trial could begin within months [JURIST report]. Issam Ghazzawi, a Jordanian, also said that the defense hasn't yet seen the estimated eight-million documents relating to the case. Saddam Hussein has been allowed to meet with his attorneys only twice since his capture. The complaints cast doubt upon the government's prediction that the trial will begin soon according to a schedule to be set by the Iraqi Special Tribunal [JURIST report]. BBC News has more.

 

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