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Jailed Saddam aide released due to terminal illness

[JURIST] One of Saddam Hussein's top aides, Ghazi Hammud al-Obeidi, was released from custody by Iraqi authorities Sunday for health reasons. Al-Obeidi, who has a terminal form of stomach cancer, was included on the US list of the top 55 Baath Party [Aljazeera special report] members wanted in connection to crimes committed by Saddam's party, which the FBI released on a deck of cards [USA Today report]. Al-Obeidi was arrested about a month after the fall of Saddam's government and was number 51 on the US most-wanted list of Iraqis and the two of hearts in the card deck. Iraqi justice ministers have said that al-Obeidi's release is in accordance with the Geneva Convention [text] and that al-Obeidi will be permitted to travel to Germany for treatment. Of the 55 most-wanted Iraqis, only 11 are still at large. AP has more.

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