Saddam half-brother refused US offer of high Iraqi post for testimony: reports

[JURIST] Khalil Dulaimi, chief Iraqi defense counsel for Saddam Hussein, told the Jordanian newspaper Al Arab Al Yawm [media website, in Arabic] in a report published Monday that Saddam Hussein's half brother, Barzan Ibrahim [Trial Watch profile] had been offered a high Iraqi government position by the US in exchange for testimony against the former dictactor. The claim was later corroborated by another defense lawyer speaking on condition of anonymity. Ibrahim is currently on trial with Hussein and five others for the 1982 killings of 143 Shiite Muslims [JURIST report]. The defense lawyer said Ibrahim made the allegation Thursday in a closed-door hearing of the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website; JURIST news archive], and speculated that the position was "Iraq's presidency". The US was allegedly interested in $36 billion believed to have been under Hussein's control. The Saddam trial has been adjourned until January 24 [JURIST report]. AP has more.

 

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