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Iraq / Saddam Defense / Rubino Interview / Rebuilding #759973

CNN Evening News for Saturday, Jul 03, 2004
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(Studio: Carol Lin) The consideration by Iraqi interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi of an amnesty offer to resistance fighters and of a new security plan; an Internet message from a militant group declaring that Marine Cpl. Wassef Hassoun has been beheaded, and a demonstration in Tikrit by loyalists supporting former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein reported.

(Studio: Carol Lin) The extensive legal defense team hired by Saddam’s wife, some of whom claim to have received death threats, noted. Taped interview held with defense attorney Frank Rubino† about defending Saddam. [RUBINO – says you have to try to humanize him; explains the legal defense called head-of-state immunity; states Saddam needs international lawyers with World Court experience; predicts that he will be convicted & executed; states his concern that it will appear to the world that this is a show trial; comments on a defense strategy.]

(Washington: Jeanne Meserve) The situation in Iraq today examined; details given of the GAO report outlining problems with electricity & security; dollar figures appropriated and spent for rebuilding cited. [GAO comptroller general David WALKER†- says we’re rebuilding infrastructure that has deteriorated.] [American Enterprise Institute Danielle PLETKA†- notes the unreal expectations of the Iraqi people.] [State Department deputy spokesman J. Adam ERELI†- comments on being free of Saddam.] [Advisor to the Iraqi Governing Council Feisal ISTRABADI†- says hopefully the new government will be able to fulfill the major aims of the people.]

Lin, Carol;
Meserve, Jeanne

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