Former US AG joins 'Brotherhood' defense team

A former US attorney general who was one of Saddam Hussein's defense lawyers has joined a team of lawyers defending senior members of Egypt's most powerful opposition group who are on trial in a military court, the group said Sunday. The Muslim Brotherhood said on its Web site that Ramsey Clark had joined the defense team for the case of 40 Muslim Brotherhood members, whose trial resumed Sunday at a military court outside of Cairo. But Clark, along with human rights activists and defendants' family members, were not allowed inside the courtroom on Sunday, said Brotherhood lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maksoud. "The support of Clark and others proves that the case is politically motivated and that the Brotherhood members did not commit a crime," Abdel Maksoud said.