The defense team in Saddam Hussein's trial said early Thursday that it would not show up for the next session Nov. 28 unless the court accepts its demands for "neutral international intervention" to guarantee security.
Their declaration Wednesday followed the assassination a day earlier of a second defense lawyer in the trial, already threatened by the insurgency and questions about legal standards. Adel al-Zubeidi, lawyer for former Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan, was killed by gunmen in Baghdad and another attorney was wounded.
Khalil al-Dulaimi, head of the defense team, told reporters the US-led coalition and the Iraqi government bear some responsibility for the assassinations because they have been unable to maintain order in a country wracked by insurgency - much of it fomented by Saddam's supporters.
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