AMMAN, Oct 25 (AFP) - Saddam Hussein's defense committee wants to put US
President George W. Bush in the dock to mirror the Baghdad trial of the
former Iraqi leader over a Shiite massacre, a Jordanian lawyer said Tuesday.
"We shall contact international and Arab lawyer associations and will put
forward the proof allowing for a trial of the criminal Bush at the same time
as the fake trial takes place in Iraq," Saleh Armuti told a meeting of the
Amman-based Saddam defense committee.
If lawyers abroad fail to take the case to court, "we shall organize it in
Jordan and will invite international supporters," Armuti said, without
specifying on what grounds he wanted to try Bush.
Saddam is currently being tried on charges of murder and torture related to
the killing of 148 Shiites from the village of Dujail following a failed
attempt on the Iraqi leader's life in July 1982.
Saddam's Iraqi lawyer Khalil al-Dulaimi, who arrived in Amman Tuesday to
take part in talks on coordinating strategy for his next court hearing on
November 28, did not attend the defense committee meeting.
"Khalil will meet members of the defense team later today," said Jordanian
lawyer Ziyad Najdawi.