Arrest Warrant Issued for Saddam's Daughter





A revised arrest warrant recently posted by Interpol may finally lead to the capture and extradition of Saddam Hussein’s eldest daughter, who is charged with supporting terrorist activities in Iraq.

Raghad Hussein, who lives in Amman, Jordan, under the protection of King Abdullah II, was charged in November 2006 with supporting the Iraqi insurgency. But in the murky world of Middle East politics, neither the warrant nor the charges against her created much of a stir. She was, after all, Saddam Hussein's daughter. And in the chaos that followed the coalition invasion of Iraq, no one quite believed that the justice system worked there.

But now things have changed, according to sources and media reports from Iraq.

Vanderbilt University Professor Mike Newton, who helped set up the Iraqi War Crimes Tribunal, said the revised warrant was issued by the Central Criminal Court of Iraq (CCCI) – a different court than the one that gave her father a death sentence. “Iraq law works differently than ours,” Newton explained. "It focuses on the event or crime, and lists everyone involved. Western law focuses on the person and then lists the crime.”


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