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Saddam's nephew seeks asylum

2012-06-22 22:31

Vienna - A nephew of Iraq's late dictator Saddam Hussein has applied for asylum in Austria after he was arrested there with no legal documents, the interior ministry said on Friday.

The 42-year-old man, who was identified only as Bashar N, has been wanted by Iraqi authorities since 2006, ministry spokesperson Karl-Heinz Grundboeck told dpa.

"The reasons given were that he belonged to the ruling family at the time, as well as crimes that are related to this fact," he said.

Tabloid media had speculated about possible terrorism charges.

The man was detained on Thursday during a routine police control near Vienna because he did not have a passport. He was later identified through his fingerprints.

As well as applying for refugee status, he asked to be held at a secret location, fearing retaliation from Iraqis living abroad. Austrian authorities granted this request, according to Grundboeck.

The Iraqi embassy in Vienna did not comment on the incident.

Comments
  • Gary - 2012-06-23 10:34

    Send him home to swing!

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