Nick wanted to be an actor — but court is now his stage

NICK Kaufman may have represented those accused of the most contemptible crimes.

But it is all in a day’s work for the Liverpool-born lawyer who specialises in international criminal law.

“I am doing my job, the same way as any other lawyer,” Nick told me from his home in Jerusalem.

“Murder is always murder — the court system permits a defence counsel.”

Among the clients the 52-year-old has taken on are Saadi Gaddafi — the son of former Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi — Jean-Pierre Bamba, the former vice-president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kang Kek Iew, the commander of the infamous Khmer Rouge prison, and Rwandan Callitxe Mbarushimana, who was accused of participating in the country’s genocide.

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