Lawyers for Saddam Hussein are reported to be considering legal action against the US for war crimes in Iraq.
They are accusing the US of violating the Geneva Convention, and cited the actions of American troops in Fallujah and other cities in Iraq.
A statement by spokesman Ziad al-Khasawne said: “The defence team is studying the possibility of filing a lawsuit against the US and its administration at the International Court of Justice for indefinite war crimes that it committed against Iraq and the Iraqis.”
Mr al-Khasawneh, who is a member of Saddam’s Jordan-based defence team, said the international court does not accept cases filed by individuals and it is trying to file a case through members of the former Iraqi government.
He said: “We continue to stress that Saddam is the legitimate president of Iraq and his government is the only government that represents Iraqis, thus any member of this regime is able to file the suit.”
Saddam’s lawyers have expressed frustration on several occasions that none of his lawyers have so far been allowed to see him.