Lawyer says he saw evidence Saddam had been beaten

A lawyer for Saddam Hussein has said he saw evidence his client had been beaten this week and when the two first met.

A lawyer for Saddam Hussein has said he saw evidence his client had been beaten this week and when the two first met.

The former president of Iraq this week at his Baghdad trial claimed he had been beaten by his American captors, and his lawyer, Khalil al-Dulaimi, today said he had seen marks on the former leader’s body.

Dulaimi, speaking in Amman, Jordan, said he filed a compliant yesterday with the court hearing Saddam’s case.

The chief prosecutor, Jaafar al-Mousawi, today said he hadn’t yet seen a complaint, but the prosecutor also said he planned to visit Saddam and his seven co-defendants to review their health and “listen to their demands and supply them with everything they need”.

Saddam’s often-theatrical trial has begun a month-long recess following two days of testimony about alleged torture and the deaths of more than 140 Iraqis after a 1982 attempt to kill Saddam in Dujail. The defendants could face death by hanging if convicted.

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