Saddam Hussein's chief lawyer warned Sunday of worsening violence in Iraq and chaos throughout the Mideast if the ex-president was sentenced to death in his trial on charges of crimes against humanity because of an anti-Shiite crackdown in the 1980s.
Khalil al-Dulaimi also said he would attend Saddam's resumed hearings Monday on separate charges of genocide against the Kurds, breaking a monthlong boycott of the trial.
Al-Dulaimi told The Associated Press in Jordan that he warned of a civil war in a letter sent recently to US President George W. Bush.
"I warned him against the death penalty and against any other decision that would inflame a civil war in Iraq and send fire throughout the region," al-Dulaimi he said in a telephone interview from Baghdad. He did not say when exactly and how he sent the letter to Bush.
"Any foolish American decision will further complicate things and will pose a serious threat to US interests in the region," he said.