Saturday, August 18, 2007

Iraq's Kafkaesque legal absurdities continue driven by puppermasters

Saddam's daughter wanted by police

Jordanian authorities last year refused to hand over Raghad Hussein, centre, to Iraq [File: EPA]
A wanted notice for Saddam Hussein's eldest daughter has been issued by the international police organisation Interpol.

The Red Notice issued on Saturday is not an arrest warrant but is a request for police forces to co-operate in tracking down Raghad Hussein and extraditing her to Iraq, where she is wanted on suspicion of terrorism.

She is known to have been living in Jordan and last year was placed on a list of 41 people associated with her father's rule that the Iraqi government is seeking to prosecute for allegedly inciting violence.

Raghdad's whereabouts at the time the notice was issued were not immediately clear.

The wanted notice posted on Interpol's website said an Iraqi arrest warrant had been issued under which she is accused of inciting "crimes against life and health" and of "terrorism".

It gave her full name with the spelling Raghad Saddam Husayn al-Majid and said she was believed to have both Iraqi and Jordanian nationality.

Extradition refused

The agency urged anyone with knowledge of her whereabouts to contact their local police force or Interpol's headquarters in Lyon, France.

"Nobody can force Jordan to extradite Raghad"

Issam al-Ghazzawi, lawyer
"Raghad is a guest of his majesty the king. Iraq asked Jordan to extradite her last year, but the kingdom refused," Issam al-Ghazzawi, a lawyer and member of Saddam's former defence team, told AFP news agency in the Jordanian capital Amman.

"Nobody can force Jordan to extradite Raghad," he said.

Raghad and her sister left their homes in Syria to seek refuge in Jordan in July 2003 after US troops in Iraq killed their brothers Uday and Qusay.

Known to some as "Little Saddam" because of her aggressive temperament, Raghad has taken a more public role in defending her father than her sister Rana or her mother Sajida.

Raghad was an unlikely defender of her father - who was executed on December 30 last year - as her relationship with him had broken down after her husband and Rana's husband were killed in 1996 after returning from five years in exile.

Sajida is also subject to an Iraqi arrest warrant.

Original article posted here.

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