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Fair trial for Saddam will be difficult, says Clark

(Baghdad, Iraq-AP) November 28, 2005 - Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark says it will be "extremely difficult" to ensure a fair trial for Saddam Hussein.

Clark is in Baghdad to give his support to the former Iraqi president's defense team.

In an interview with CNN, Clark warned there won't be peace in Iraq if the public perceives the proceedings as unfair, and he also says an unfair trial will "warp the truth."

But Clark cautions that guaranteeing fairness won't be easy because passions are at a fever pitch.

Saddam and his co-defendants are charged in the killings of more than 140 Shiite Muslims in 1982. The trial briefly resumed Monday, but has been adjourned until next week.

Clark was attorney general under President Lyndon Johnson. He's also a staunch anti-war advocate who met with Saddam days before the 2003 invasion.

Posted 12:35pm by Bryce Mursch

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