Saddam’s nephew arrested
BAGHDAD: One of Saddam Hussein’s nephews was arrested along with a Moroccan on the Jordanian border, Iraq’s human rights minister said on Wednesday, not giving a date for the arrest.
Mohammed Barzan al-Tikriti was arrested along with a Moroccan Jew named as George Bin Baki, Bakhtiar Amin told reporters after the announcement of Iraq’s sweeping new security measures.
Meanwhile, Saddam’s Jordan-based defence team on Wednesday said death threats had forced it to abandon a planned visit to Baghdad to support the ousted Iraqi leader. Mohammad Rashdan, coordinator of a 21-strong team, said “the threats we are getting from Iraqi officials who say they will tear us to pieces” are the reason preventing a trip to Baghdad. Rashdan is coordinating the team of mainly Arab lawyers, who have a power of attorney by Saddam’s wife Sajida Khairallah. agencies