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Arrest warrant for Saddam's daughter

An Interpol arrest order for Saddam Hussein's eldest daughter and first wife has been circulated, Iraqi officials said on Friday.

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  • Published: 14:14 August 18, 2007
  • Gulf News

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  • Saddam Hussein's eldest daughter Raghad during a television interview in 2003. She currently lives in Amman, Jordan.

Baghdad: An Interpol arrest order for Saddam Hussein's eldest daughter and first wife has been circulated, Iraqi officials said on Friday.

The move came a year after the Iraqi authorities put Raghad Saddam Hussein and her mother, Sajida Khairalla Tulfa on a "most wanted" list of 41 people accused of providing support to insurgents in Iraq.

Iraqi officials would not discuss the specific charges against the women, and Interpol officials could not be reached for comment, but Basam Ridha Al Hussaini, the Iraqi government's adviser to the special tribunal that tried and executed Saddam last year, confirmed that Interpol was circulating the two women's names.

Iraqi Interior Ministry reportedly said Interpol had notified its members of the arrest order on Friday. The Iraqis' list of 41 suspects was headed by Izzat Ibrahim, a deputy of Saddam's and the highest-ranking former Iraqi official still believed to be on the run.

Raghad, who helped organise her father's defence at his trial, could face arrest in Jordan, where she lives in an upscale part of the capital, Amman.

Jordan's ruler, King Abdullah II, granted Raghad and her sister Rana refuge when they fled Syria in mid-2003, shortly after their father's government fell.

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