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Iraqi court sentences Saddam nephew to life in prison

[JURIST] The Iraqi government on Monday announced that a nephew of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] has been sentenced to life in prison for providing funding to the insurgency in the country. The verdict was the first against a member of the toppled leader's family. Ayman Sabawi is the son of Sabawi Ibrahim al-Hassan [JURIST report], a half brother of Saddam, and he was arrested in May by security forces on a raid in Tikrit. A second man arrested with Sabawi, Tareq Khalaf Mizal, was given a six-year sentence after being convicted for building roadside bombs. The Iraqi Central Criminal Court also announced that Sabawi would be tried on additional charges beginning Nov. 1 for crimes that he reportedly confessed to during interrogations. The US Treasury froze the assets [news release] of Sabawi and other Saddam nephews in July. AP has more.

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