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Lawyer: Saddam’s relative has no position in IS killings in Iraq


BEIRUT — The late Iraqi chief Saddam Hussein’s great-nephew has no hyperlinks with the Islamic State group however was despatched again to Iraq as a part of a political take care of Lebanese authorities, his lawyer stated Sunday.

Bushra al-Khalil informed The Associated Press that her consumer, Abdullah Yasser Sabaawi, was dwelling in Yemen in June 2014, when IS fighters massacred a whole lot of Iraqi troops in central Iraq. She stated Lebanese authorities handed over Abdullah to Iraq on Friday even if he had been registered as a refugee in Lebanon and denies any hyperlink with the 2014 bloodbath.

IS captured an estimated 1,700 Iraqi troopers after seizing Saddam’s hometown of Tikrit in 2014. The troopers have been attempting to flee from close by Camp Speicher, a former U.S. base simply exterior the northern metropolis. IS later posted graphic photographs of gunmen taking pictures the boys lifeless after forcing them to lie face-down in a shallow ditch.

Abdullah is the grandson of Saddam’s half-brother Sabaawi Ibrahim who was sentenced to dying by an Iraqi courtroom in 2009 and remained in jail till he died of most cancers 4 years later. Abdullah’s father, Yasser, is in jail in Iraq, al-Khalil stated.

Lawyer Al-Khalil, who defended Saddam throughout his trial in Baghdad earlier than he was hanged in December 2006, stated Abdullah left Iraq in 2003 on the age of eight following the U.S.-led invasion and moved to Yemen the place he was given Yemeni citizenship after his household was stripped off its Iraqi nationality. She added that the primary time Abdullah left Yemen was in late September 2014, three months after the killings, transferring to Jordan.

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She stated the younger man moved to Lebanon in 2019 and requested for political asylum hoping to get resettled in Britain to marry an Iraqi lady. Al-Khalil stated Abdullah was detained a number of months in the past and was questioned by authorities who discovered no proof in opposition to him being a felony.

Al-Khalil stated that she had given Lebanese authorities all of the paperwork proving that Abdullah had not left Yemen till September 2014 the place he was a college pupil on the time.

“The handover was part of a deal” between Lebanese and Iraqi officers, al-Khalil stated including that since Abdullah is a Yemeni citizen he was not presupposed to be handed over to Iraq.

Al-Khalil stated she studied Abdullah’s case and located that what was used as proof in opposition to him have been claims by two individuals who stated they noticed him in movies launched by IS militants collaborating within the killings.

“My conscience would not allow me to defend a person who took part in a massacre,” al-Khalil stated, including that had he been a felony she would have refused to defend him.

Iraq’s new Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani issued a press release Saturday praising Iraq’s police for repatriating Abdullah “and bringing him before the justice of the Iraqi judiciary to get his just punishment.” It added that Abdullah “was indicted for his participation in the murder of our innocent martyrs from the Speicher base in 2014.”

Al-Khalil stated she final noticed Abdullah in late October at a detention heart and quoted him as telling her “I am ready to do anything but I don’t want to be handed over” to Iraq. She stated that the handover occurred through the political vacuum within the nation with no president elected and a authorities with no full powers working affairs in Lebanon.

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Asked is she fears he may very well be executed in Iraq, al-Khalil stated “of course.”

Iraqi forces arrested scores of males allegedly linked to the bloodbath after retaking Tikrit in 2015. Since then dozens of males have been condemned to dying and executed.



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