Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Nephew of Saddam Hussein Escapes From Prison

The Nephew Of Saddam Hussein Escapes From Prison In Northern Iraq, With The Help Of Iraqi Police

He Was a Key Leader Involved With The Fedayeen. He Was Responsible For Supporting The Original Insurgency.

This Is Another Blow For The Bush Administration In Its Quest to Westernize and Democratize Iraq


Saddam’s Nephew Escapes From Prison
December 11, 2006

A nephew of Saddam Hussein serving a life sentence for financing insurgents and possessing bombs has escaped from prison in northern Iraq with the help of a police officer, officials say.

The escape came as sectarian attacks killed at least another 20 people, including five who died in a suicide car bombing outside a Shi'ite shrine in Karbala, police said.
Officers also found 39 bullet-riddled bodies in Baghdad that apparently were victims of revenge killings by Sunni Arabs and Shi'ites.

The escape by Saddam's nephew underlined one of the problems facing the US military as it tries to train enough Iraqi security personnel so US troops can go home: the ability of Sunni Arab insurgents and Shi'ite militiamen to infiltrate Iraqi police forces.

Ayman Sabawi, son of Saddam's half brother Sabawi Ibrahim Hassan al-Tikriti, escaped from a prison 70km west of the northern city of Mosul in the afternoon with the help of a policeman, said a local police commander, Brigadier Abdul Karim al-Jubouri.
Brigadier Abdul-Karim Khalaf, an Interior Ministry spokesman, confirmed the escape but declined to discuss any details.

Sabawi, who was arrested in May 2005 by US and Iraqi forces near Saddam's hometown of Tikrit, 130km north of Baghdad, was convicted of illegally crossing the border from Syria and sentenced to 15 years in prison late last year by an Iraqi court.
He was sentenced to life in prison in an earlier case for possession of illegal weapons and manufacture of bombs.

He "played a particularly active role in sustaining the terrorism by providing financial support, weapons and explosives to terrorist groups," Iraq's government said.
In July 2005, the United States froze Sabawi's assets along with those of five other Saddam nephews, accusing them of providing funds to Iraq's Sunni Arab-dominated insurgency.

Sabawi's father was captured in February 2005. Formerly the head of Saddam's intelligence service, al-Tikriti was No. 36 on a US list of the 55 most-wanted members of Saddam's ousted regime.

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