Saddam defense team says Iraqi officials interfering with judiciary Gabriel Haboubi at 5:01 PM ET
[JURIST] Lawyers for Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] accused Iraqi officials of interfering with judicial independence Thursday, after a number of public statements [AFP report] from officials that Iraq's Cassation Court, currently considering Hussein's appeal [JURIST report], would ultimately affirm the former Iraqi president's death sentence [JURIST report]. Hussein's lawyers also criticized comments from prosecutors that the life sentence of former Iraqi Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan [JURIST news archive] would be raised to a death penalty as well.
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