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Iraq arrests Saddam nephew on charges of financing insurgency

[JURIST] Iraqi police on Wednesday arrested a nephew of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] in Tikrit on charges that he has served as a leading financier of the country's insurgency, Iraqi security officials reported. Yasir Sabhawi Ibrahim is the son of Saddam's half brother Sabhawi Ibrahim Hasan, who was captured [JURIST report] earlier this year in Syria. Ibrahim reportedly was hiding in Syria, but was forced to leave by authorities, who then reported his location to the US. Ibrahim, who is said to be the second in command of the Iraqi insurgency, allegedly managed Baath Party funds in Syria, Jordan and Yemen and funneled much of it to the insurgency. He is also accused of cooperating with insurgent forces led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The US Treasury Department froze the assets of Ibrahim [JURIST report] and five other sons of Hasan in July, and another son, Ayman, was sentenced to life in prison [JURIST report] in September for funding the insurgency. AP has more.

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