Jordan not planning to turn over Saddam daughter to Iraq on terrorism charges

[JURIST] A Jordanian government spokesperson said Monday that Jordan does not currently have plans to hand over Raghad Saddam Hussein, daughter of the former Iraqi leader, even though Interpol issued a "red notice" [Interpol materials; JURIST report] last week indicating that Iraqi authorities are seeking her arrest. Raghad has lived in Jordan since 2003, and Iraq asked the Jordanian government for cooperation in her arrest over the weekend. She is wanted on terrorism charges and is accused of supporting insurgencies in Iraq. Jordanian government spokesperson Nasser Jawdeh said Monday that question of turning Raghad over to Iraq "has not been raised," noting that she does not participate in "political or media-related activities" and is instead in Jordan due to "humanitarian considerations."

The Iraqi government placed [JURIST report] Raghad and her mother, Saddam Hussein's first wife Sajida, on its most-wanted list last year, accusing the two of using secretly looted money to fund Baathist insurgents. AFP has more.



 

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