Half-Finnish and half-Pakistani, Sadakat Kadri was born in London in 1964. He studied history and law at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a first, and has a masterís degree from Harvard Law School. He is a member of the New York Bar and has worked as a volunteer with the American Civil Liberties Union, where he specialised in free speech issues. He spent two and a half years in Manhattan writing The Trial,  having arrived shortly before September 11 2001, but lives in London and practises at Doughty Street Chambers.  As a barrister he has represented several Caribbean death-row prisoners, assisted in the prosecution of former Malawian president Hastings Banda for murder, and helped to establish the illegality of a military dictatorship in Fiji. He writes a regular column for the New Statesman.



About Sadakat Kadri

Beyond the law, he is an occasional travel writer. His Cadogan Guide to Prague, written between late 1989 and early 1991, was the first guide to the Czech capital to be published after the Velvet Revolution, and was shortlisted for a Thomas Cook award in 1991. He updated it twice during the 1990s. He also won the 1998 Spectator/Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize for an account of a trip to Malawi.

Sadakat Kadri has discussed The Trial on several U.S. and U.K. shows, including NPRís Weekend Edition, Court TVís Catherine Crier Live and Radio 4ís Start the Week, and at the Edinburgh, Hay-on-Wye and Oxford literary festivals. He commented on the Saddam Hussein trial for several media outlets, including the Guardian and Radio 4ís Today programme, and is now writing a history of sharia law.



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