Libya to pay for Saddam defence

7th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 6 (AFP) - A French lawyer who is a member of Saddam Hussein's legal team said Tuesday that Libya had proposed "financial and logistical help" to defend the ousted Iraqi leader.

PARIS, July 6 (AFP) - A French lawyer who is a member of Saddam Hussein's legal team said Tuesday that Libya had proposed "financial and logistical help" to defend the ousted Iraqi leader.

"We have set up an initial fund (which) effectively comes from gifts from different countries... The only one I am able to tell you about is from Libya," Emmanuel Ludot told a press conference.

He said the elder daughter of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi wants to gives "logistical and financial help. It is Libyan money. It will be welcome."

The head of Saddam's defenc team, Mohammed Rashdan, said in Amman on Sunday that Aicha Kadhafi, a lawyer, had joined the team, which initially comprised 20 members, including European and US lawyers appointed by Saddam's wife and three daughters,

Ludot said he did not know the amount nor the exact origin of the Libyan money.

Saddam appeared in court for the first time last Thursday to hear seven preliminary charges of crimes against humanity, including the massacre of Kurds and Shiite Muslims, and the invasion of Kuwait.

The ex-president remained defiant before the Iraqi Special Tribunal. He justified the invasion he ordered against Kuwait, refused to sign legal documents and called US President George W. Bush the real villain.

Ludot said the defense team hoped to "paralyze" the tribunal which it considers "illegitimate" as it was set up by "an illegal temporary authority created by the occupation."

"If we can put up enough obstacles to the functioning of the tribunal, the United States and the new Iraqi authorities will perhaps take a step back, compromise with us, see to it that the UN proposes other judges who are competent and objective," he said.

 

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