While many have speculated that Rahman seems harsher on Khalil because she is a woman, she asserts that it is because she is from a well-known Shiite family and is defending a man against charges that he killed and tortured Shiite villagers in Dujail. Khalil said Monday that she believes that Hussein ordered the deaths in Dujail [JURIST report] because of an assassination attempt on his life, and not as an attack on Shiites in general. AP has more.
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