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Jordan Ignores Iraq’s Request for Extradition of Saddam’s Eldest Daughter

15 February 2018 9:46

 

The Jordanian government rejected Iraq’s request to hand over Raghad Saddam Hussein, the eldest daughter of the former Iraqi dictator, Arab media reported on Wednesday.

The Arabic-language al-Ray al-Youm newspaper quoted a Jordanian official as saying that Amman has ignored Baghdad’s demand for Raghad’s extradition for humanitarian reasons, noting that she is in Jordan as a guest and is not active in political arenas.

Reports surfaced this week that Baghdad has requested that Amman hand over Raghad.

Raghad fled to Jordan with her sister, Rana, and their children in July 2003.

Raghad has been on the Iraq government’s most wanted list of members of the former ruling Baath party and Islamic State group members since 2006.

Razzaq al-Haidari, a member of the Iraqi parliament, publicly threatened Jordan, saying that Amman is “playing with fire” if it refuses to cooperate on the issue.

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