Khamis al-Obeidi, an Iraqi and Sunni Arab who represented Saddam and his half brother Barzan Ibrahim in their eight-month-old trial, was abducted from his house Wednesday morning, said Saddam's top lawyer, Khalil al-Dulaimi. His body was found with gunshots on a street near the Shiite slum of Sadr City, police Lt. Thaer Mahmoud said.
Chief prosecutor Jaafar al-Moussawi confirmed that al-Obeidi had been killed, although he did not provide any details. A photo of al-Obeidi showed his face, head and shoulders drenched in his own blood.
A parked car bomb also exploded near an ice cream shop in Sadr City on Wednesday, killing at least three people and wounding eight, police Capt. Sattar Jabar said. It was the second attack in as many days in the sprawling Shiite district in eastern Baghdad.
Russian officials have repeatedly declared that Israeli aviation poses a threat to the Russian military in Syria.