Friday, August 17, 2007

WARRANT FOR ARREST OF SADDAM'S DAUGHTER


In a very sparsely word announcement, the BBC has reported that Interpol has circulated an arrest warrant for the oldest daughter of former Iraqi leader—Saddam Hussein. Raghad Saddam Hussein, who fled the US-invasion of Iraq in 2003, is accused of terrorism and other offenses. Escaping the fate of her brothers, she helped organize the legal defense of her father, who was hanged last December for crimes against humanity.

Last year Iraq put Raghad and her mother, Sajida, on a list of its most wanted fugitives, alleging they supported the insurgency in Iraq. The Iraqi Interior Ministry told the BBC that Interpol had notified member countries on Friday.

Before her father was executed last year, Raghad asked for his body to be buried temporarily in Yemen until, she said, such time as coalition forces were expelled from Iraq. The Jordanian authorities said last year that she was living in their country as an asylum seeker, but it is not clear where she is at present.

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