The Perils of Defending a Tyrant

Two of Saddam Hussein's defense lawyers have been killed already

Baghdad provides no safe haven for the lawyer of Saddam Hussein. After two weeks of broken appointments and misinformation about his whereabouts, Khalil al-Dulaimi was finally reached by phone at his family home on the outskirts of Ramadi, a restive city west of Baghdad. There, he explained, he is protected by his tribe, the Dulaimis, the most powerful in the war-torn Anbar province. With two of his fellow defense attorneys found dead in the Iraqi capital in the past few weeks, al-Dulaimi has reason to be wary, and, he told TIME, the looming threat of being kidnapped and murdered is crippling...

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