Aljazeera.Net - Saddam calls for Iraqi unity
A trial date for the ex-Iraqi president has yet to be finalised
Saddam Hussein has urged the Iraqi people from his prison cell to be united and cautioned them to be wary of elections slated for 30 January.
His Jordan-based legal team said he made 'recommendations' during his first meeting with one of his Iraqi lawyers, Khalil al-Dulaimi, last Thursday.
'The president asked about the Iraqi people ... and stressed the need for their unity,' spokesman Ziad Khassawnih said on Sunday.
'Our representative in Iraq told us that the president warned the people of Iraq and the Arabs to beware of the American scheme aimed at splitting Iraq into sectarian and religious divisions and weakening the (Arab) nation,' said Bushra Khalil, a Lebanese member of the defence team.
'The president sent recommendations to the Iraqi people to remain united and not fall in the trap of America's slogans,' she said. 'He said Kurds, Arabs, Shia, Sunnis and Christians are all Iraqis who all have to stand united against the American plot.'
'The president sent recommendations to the Iraqi people to remain united and not fall in the trap of America's slogans. He said Kurds, Arabs, Shia, Sunnis and Christians are all Iraqis who all have to stand united against the American plot'
Another lawyer, Adnan Dannawi, said that during the meeting Saddam asked to be briefed on developments in Iraq and was told by Dulaimi that the country is preparing to hold elections.
'At that point, the president said to Dulaimi the Iraqi people should 'be wary of this issue',' Dannnawi said.
'The president is held in a three (metre) by five room that does not befit a president ... and he is completely cut off from the world,' Khassawnih said, adding however that Saddam was in good health and high spirits."
Who gives a damn what Saddam says? He was never elected and thus has no claim over the leadership of Iraq. He is a tyrant and all tyrants deserve death. I love the part where he cautions Iraqis to be wary of elections. What crap. He never had free elections, and killed hundreds of thousands of innocent men women and children. How dare he address the Kurds, whom he attacked with poison gas!