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French lawyer says he will defend Saddam
Updated: 2004-03-28 10:20

A French lawyer, known for defending Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie and guerrilla Carlos the Jackal, said Saturday he will defend Saddam Hussein.

The French lawyer known for defending Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie and guerrilla Carlos the Jackal said March 27, 2004 that Saddam Hussein's nephew had chosen him to represent the deposed Iraqi president. Saddam is seen in this video still image after his capture on December 14 near Tikrit, Iraq. [Reuters]
Jacques Verges told France-Inter radio he had received a letter from Saddam's family requesting him to defend the former Iraqi leader in court. U.S. officials have said they will bring Saddam to trial for alleged crimes against Iraqi people. But the location of any trial and its format and date have not yet been decided.

The letter from Saddam's family read: "In my capacity as nephew of President Saddam Hussein, I commission you officially by this letter to assure the defense of my uncle," Verges said. He did not name the person who sent the letter.

French lawyer Jacques Verges, seen in this Feb. 24, 2004 file photo, announced Saturday, March 27, 2004, he has been asked to defend former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. [AP]
Saddam is being held by U.S. forces at an undisclosed location.

Verges has defended Venezuelan terrorist Carlos the Jackal, whose real name is Ilich Ramirez. He gained international notoriety during the Cold War for staging a string of deadly bombings, assassinations and hostage seizures.

The French lawyer also defended, Klaus Barbie, a Nazi Gestapo chief in France in World War II, who was convicted of crimes against humanity in Lyon, France.

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