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BREAKING NEWS ~ Kidnapped Saddam trial lawyer found dead

[JURIST] AP is reporting that Saadoun Sughaiyer al-Janabi, a defense lawyer for one of Saddam Hussein's co-defendants who was kidnapped by 10 masked gunmen [JURIST report] Thursday evening in Baghdad, has been found dead, according to a senior Iraqi lawyers' union official. Diaa al-Saadi warned "This will have grave repercussions. This will hinder lawyers from defending those held for political reasons." Al-Janabi was one of two lawyers for Awad Hamed al-Bandar, a former chief judge of Saddam's Revolutionary Court, and was in the courtroom for the opening session of the joint trial on Wednesday. Chief Saddam lawyer Khalil Dulaimi acknowledged Thursday that defense lawyers had received multiple threats, but did not say from whom. An Iraqi government spokesman has condemned the killing. AP has more.

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