Saddam's Lawyer: Execution at Dawn, Court Petition Filed in D.C.
Update: Saddam's lawyer Giovanni diStephano is on CNN right now (from Rome) saying that a petition for a temporary restraining order has been filed in federal court in DC to prevent Saddam's turnover to Iraqi authorities. It has been assigned to Judge Sullivan.***********
An anonymous lawyer for Saddam was now claiming Hussein will be executed on Saturday at dawn.
I'm not buying the U.S. denial and claim that Saddam remains in U.S. custody:
Raising the tension, US authorities also cancelled a planned meeting on Saturday between Saddam and his defense team, lawyer Issam Ghazawi told AFP. "I just received an email from US authorities in Baghdad in which a security official said it has been decided to cancel our visit planned for Saturday in Baghdad with president Saddam Hussein," Ghazawi said.
"We can't have you in Baghdad tomorrow. We cannot provide any protection for you. You can't see Saddam because he is not in our physical custody anymore," said the email according to Ghazawi, who read it by phone to an AFP reporter.
The White House is denying responsibility for the execution:
The White House refused to comment, repeating its statement: "This is an issue for the Iraqi government. We are observers to this process."
The paperwork is in order and has been signed.
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