Saddam Hussein Trial Defense Lawyer Murdered

October 21 14:48 2005 Print This Article

The question is why?

BAGHDAD, October 21 – Yesterday night about ten men dressed as security and military forces went into the office of the defense lawyer Saadoun Sughaiyer al-Janabi and took him by force, yet the man did not resist. Today he was found dead on a sidewalk in Baghdad with two gunshot wounds to the head. Strangely enough this laywer was on the defense of Saddam Hussein’s side at his trial yesterday. He is the lawyer of one of the other seven people being tried together with Saddam.

The question remains why he was targeted. It would not make sense for the Sunni insurgents to strike the defense side of Saddam. One reason could be that they are trying to disrupt the trial, but it was already postponed till late November. There are signs that the man has been tortured so perhaps he knew some very important information regarding the trial or the man he represented. Needless to say the other lawyers on this trial have urged for extra security measures and some have even asked to move the trial outside of Iraq where they would be safe.

In other news it has been reported that 19 U.S. soldiers have lost their lives in the past week. Four men were killed in an insurgent attack yesterday and last Saturday three Marines were struck by an explosive of some sort. This brings the total of U.S. military deaths to a staggering 1,992 since the beginning of the war in Iraq.

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