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Saddam Trial Polarizing Iraq?

From Juan Cole's weblog, "Informed Comment," 3 July 2004:

"Al Hayat ... says that the Shiite Shaikh Ra'id al Kadhimi, preacing in the mosque of Imam Musa al-Kadhim in Kazimayah in northeast Baghdad, attacked Saddam's lawyers vehemently as mere apes who would not be able to escape the vengeance of the Iraqi people if they came to that country. After prayers, hundreds of worshippers held a demonstration, carrying placards calling for Saddam's execution. The preachers loyal to Muqtada al-Sadr demanded Saddam's execution, as did thousands of poor Shiites in East Baghdad who marched after Friday prayers. Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani's representative in Karbala, Abdul Mahdi al Karbala'i, demanded that the trial be used to discover all the crimes of Saddam, especially those hidden from the people."

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