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Preparing Saddam Trial Is Dangerous, Frustrating

Saddam Hussein’s trial may be many months away but the frustrated man coordinating it already faces death threats, even from Iraqis who hated the dictator. “Oddly enough, I have been threatened by victims’ families. They think I am being way too careful about protecting the defendant’s rights. They think I should just stand up and kill Saddam Hussein,” Salem Chalabi told Reuters in an interview. “I actually move around in a very convoluted way. I am in the Green Zone now. I am living in a family house.” The heavily fortified Green Zone houses the U.S.-led coalition headquarters in Baghdad. Preparing the case against Saddam will be a daunting task for Chalabi, a U.S.-educated Iraqi lawyer and nephew of Governing Council member Ahmad Chalabi. He believes a fair trial will be key to delivering democracy. Full Story

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