In Der Spiegel:
SPIEGEL: You have defended some of the worst mass murderers in recent history, and you have been called the “devil's advocate.” Why do you feel so drawn to clients like Carlos and Klaus Barbie?
Vergès: I believe that everyone, no matter what he may have done, has the right to a fair trial. The public is always quick to assign the label of “monster.” But monsters do not exist, just as there is no such thing as absolute evil. My clients are human beings, people with two eyes, two hands, a gender and emotions. That's what makes them so sinister.
SPIEGEL: What do you mean?
Vergès: What was so shocking about Hitler the “monster” was that he loved his dog so much and kissed the hands of his secretaries — as we know from the literature of the Third Reich and the film “Der Untergang” (“Downfall”). The interesting thing about my clients is discovering what brings them to do these horrific things. My ambition is to illuminate the path that led them to commit these acts. A good trial is like a Shakespeare play, a work of art.