Thamer Hamoud al-Khuzaie, a lawyer defending Saddam and his henchmen has fled Iraq and sought asylum in Qatar. He fears for his life as two of his defence lawyer colleagues have already been executed by unknown gunmen, and one other injured.
Although the Iraqi interim government provides protection, the lawyers suspect that those very government militia have been the ones killing them. All the defence lawyers engaged for the trial have severed connections with the Iraqi court.
Mahathir's right about Perilous Defence in Iraq