[Marxism] Re: 'What law, what resolution formed this court?'
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Fri Jul 2 07:04:15 MDT 2004
Jacques Verges has built a reputation on defending people the rest of
the world reviles. Now, in the twilight of his career, the controversial
Paris lawyer not only snags the baddest guy of the bunch but, he
confides to SARAH ELTON, he has a golden opportunity to put U.S. foreign
policy on trial
By SARAH ELTON
The Globe and Mail
UPDATED AT 8:57 AM EDT Saturday, Jun 26, 2004
PARIS -- There is a calm to Jacques Verges, a thoughtful poise
completely at odds with his reputation as France's "l'avocat du diable."
And yet at 79, Mr. Verges is famous as the advocate for such devils as
terrorist Carlos the Jackal, war criminal Klaus Barbie, former
Yugoslavian strongman Slobodan Milosevic, various African dictators and
now the man believed to be the biggest killer of them all.
His next assignment could very well propel the outspoken Paris lawyer
into the geopolitical stratosphere: He has been retained by a nephew and
42 family members to represent ousted Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, as
well as Mr. Hussein's long-time foreign minister Tariq Aziz.
The fate of the former dictator has become a major issue as Iraq
prepares to return to self-government next Wednesday. Two weeks ago, in
a bid to demonstrate a measure of independence, Iraqi authorities
presented U.S. President George W. Bush with a list of demands that
included the return of Mr. Hussein, who has been in U.S. custody in a
secret location since his capture last December.
Mr. Bush angered the Iraqis by refusing to budge, saying there would be
no early handover. "I just want to make sure, when sovereignty is
transferred, that Saddam Hussein stays in jail . . .," he said. "I am
confident, when all is said and done, he will stay in jail. I just want
to be assured."
But Mr. Bush will have much less control over the proceedings once Mr.
Hussein's case finally reaches the courtroom, and Mr. Verges says he
plans to take advantage by putting U.S. foreign policy on trial.
"Trials like Mr. Saddam Hussein's turn the spotlight on the problems of
the world disorder today," he explains. "Who armed Iraq? Who pushed Iraq
into a war with Iran? And who sold these weapons? This is a trial that
will shed light on the world's situation today, a situation that is
dangerous and horrible."
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