Maariv reports that basically, Saddam’s daughter, the unfortunately named Raghad, has wrecked any chance her father might have had to walk away from his upcoming trial, scott free:
Raghad complained to Barak that her father’s lawyers were requesting exorbitant fees, and she expressed a desire to hire an American lawyer. Barak then suggested a few names, one of them Jewish-sounding. “Excellent, but he’s Jewish”, responded Saddam’s daughter. “You must understand that my father would never allow it. I don’t judge people, but I cannot cooperate with Jews”.
Harvard Law professor and “lawyer of last resort” Alan Dershowitz is reported to have reacted to Raghad’s refusal to hire a Jewish lawyer with a simple “Dang!”
This story was also reported, word for word, in Al-Bawaba, a London based Internet portal for the Arab world. That’s the second time I’ve seen a story in Maariv have an exact equivalent in Al-Bawaba. What’s up with that?