Police searched the capital on Friday for the lawyer of one of Saddam Hussein's co-defendants who was kidnapped by gunmen in an area of Baghdad known for suicide car bomb attacks and the killing of Shi'ite and Sunni Arab clerics.
"Police special forces started search operations early this morning in the suspected areas around Sadr city in eastern Baghdad," police Maj. Falah al-Mohammedawi of the Interior Ministry said in an interview. "We hope to find the hostage as soon as possible."
On Thursday evening, 10 masked gunmen kidnapped lawyer Saadoun Sughaiyer al-Janabi, who was in the courtroom for Wednesday's opening session of the trial, from his office in the eastern Shaab district. He is one of two attorneys for Awad Hamed al-Bandar, one of seven Baath Party officials being tried with Saddam.