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Jordan: Saddam's daughter royal guest

Jordan announced on Monday that Saddam?s daughter Raghd, who has recently appeared on an Iraq ?most wanted? list, is a guest of the royal family.

  • Agencies
  • Published: 00:00 July 3, 2006
  • Gulf News

Amman: Jordan announced on Monday that Saddam's daughter Raghd, who has recently appeared on an Iraq "most wanted" list, is a guest of the royal family.

Jordanian Prime Minister Marouf Bakheet was quoted in local papers as saying Raghd was living in Jordan for "humanitarian reasons." "She does not engage in any political or media activities. Mrs Raghd Saddam and her children are guests of the Hashemites," Bakheet said.

Raghd, who had been granted asylum by King Abdullah in 2003, has been accused of using millions stolen by the former Iraqi leader to finance Sunni insurgents.

Iraq's National Security Adviser Mowaffaq Al-Rubaie did not say if arrest warrants had been issued for Raghd and her mother but stressed that Interpol had received the list of Iraq?s most 41 wanted.

Jordan said that any extradition request had to be based on ?legal grounds? and said Amman reserved the right to take a decision that was "in its national interests."



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