Saddam nephew arrested in Lebanon

[JURIST] The Iraqi government announced Wednesday that it had apprehended Saddam Hussein nephew Bashar Sabawi Ibrahim Hassan al-Tikriti with the assistance of Lebanese police. The statement was ambiguous as to whether al-Tikriti was extradited from Lebanon, and did not specify what Hussein's nephew will be charged with, though it generally referred to crimes against the people of Iraq [JURIST news archive]. Aljazeera has more.

Last summer, the US Treasury Department froze al-Tikriti's assets [press release; JURIST report] based on intelligence suggesting that he and his five brothers may have provided material help and support to the insurgency. Al-Tikriti's brother Yasir Sabhawi Ibrahim was arrested for financing the insurgency [JURIST report] last October.

Al-Tikriti's father and Hussein's half-brother and co-defendant Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti gained notoriety earlier this year for appearing in court in underwear [JURIST report] to protest the proceedings against Hussein and himself, and was on another occasion removed from the courtroom [JURIST report] for complaining about his medical condition.

 

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