Saddam 'lawyer' would call Rumsfeld


Controversial French lawyer Jacques Verges says he will call US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and former secretary of state Henry Kissinger as witnesses if he is appointed to defend ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in an eventual trial.

But the 79-year-old lawyer also said on Sunday that he feared the United States might try to kill Saddam prior to trial. "I have this fear. I am not sure. If I express my fear, it's precisely to avoid this."

The lawyer, whose past clients have included Nazi Gestapo chief Klaus Barbie, Carlos the Jackal, and former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic said in March that Saddam's nephew Ali Barzan al-Tikriti had asked him to represent his uncle, who was captured by US forces in Iraq in December.

"This mass destructive weapons were sold to Iraqi government by the United States. And Mr Rumsfeld has been one of the men responsible for this sale, for this bargain, for this market," Verges told CBS.

He said would call Kissinger to testify "for sure."

Asked if he would try and put the United States on trial in his defence of Saddam, he said: "What I am criticising is not (the) United States; (it) is the actual leaders of the (United States)."
Never mind Saddam "catastrophically slitting his throat while shaving" M'sieu Verges, if you call Rumsfeld and the rest of the cabal to the stand, I don't think Ladbrokes would give me odds on you making it either :D

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