Lawyers for Saddam Hussein say the jailed former Iraqi leader is urging Iraqis to unite against the U.S. presence in the country.
Speaking today (Sunday) in Jordan, a defense lawyer reported Saddam's remarks, saying they came in a jailhouse meeting last week with another member of Saddam's legal team. The former dictator faces charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.
A defense spokesman said his client resides in a three-by-five meter cell in U.S. custody at an undisclosed location. He said Saddam has no access to outside news and did not know about national elections set for January ninth until he was informed by the lawyer on Thursday.
The spokesman said Saddam told the lawyer he feared the polls could divide the Iraqi people and their land.