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Saddam Hussein’s half brother dies of cancer in iraq

Saddam Hussein’s half brother and former director of his feared general security services died of cancer on Monday in a Baghdad hospital, a senior official said.  Deputy justice minister Busho Ibrahim told that Sabawi Ibrahim al-Hassan, who had received several death sentences, was transferred to the hospital from prison as his health deteriorated at dawn. His body will be handed over to his family.

Al-Hassan had lived in exile for a period after the 2003 US-led invasion, but was deported to Iraq by the Syrian government in 2005. He was suspected of directing and financing insurgency operations by Saddam loyalists in Iraq from Syria. His photo appeared as the Six of Diamonds in decks of playing cards distributed by the US military featuring members of Saddam’s deposed regime. Al-Hassan was No. 36 on the US list of the 55 most-wanted Iraqis at the time under Saddam.
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