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March 27, 2004
Quelle Surprise!

The BBC reports that Saddam's hired a mouthpiece. Anyone want to guess where he found one?

A French lawyer who made his reputation defending some of the world's most notorious figures says he will take on Saddam Hussein as his latest client. In his long career, Jacques Verges defended Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie, Carlos the Jackal and former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic. Mr Verges says the request came in a letter from Saddam Hussein's nephew, Ali Barzan al-Takriti. ...

Mr Tikriti sent the following message to Mr Verges: "In my capacity as nephew of President Saddam Hussein, I commission you officially via this letter to assure the defence of my uncle".

So the French stand ready to defend Saddam once again, in a truly touching continuation of the long-term Franco-Iraqi alliance. With such a client list, Saddam certainly picked the right ambulance-chaser, and Jacques Verges shows that he's moving up in the world, at least in terms of body count. It's telling, however, that Mr. Tikriti couldn't bring himself to hire an Iraqi lawyer for Uncle Saddy. That speaks volumes about the man, and both countries as well.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at March 27, 2004 8:54 AM

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