March 28, 2023

Former Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi says Saddam had been left between his residence and that of ex-PM Nouri al-Maliki earlier than the latter being taken away.

Former Prime Minister of Iraq Mustafa al-Kadhimi has claimed that the physique of deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was “disposed of” close to the ex-prime minister’s residence in Baghdad after Hussein’s execution in 2006.

In an interview with Arabic day by day Asharq Al-Awsat on Sunday, al-Kadhimi specified that Saddam’s physique had been left in an space between his residence and that of Nouri al-Maliki, who was prime minister on the time, within the metropolis’s fortified Inexperienced Zone.

The feedback got here after al-Kadhimi was requested what number of instances he had seen Saddam.

The ex-prime minister defined that he had seen Saddam for the primary time at his court docket listening to earlier than his dying, describing the trial as a “very troublesome and pivotal second within the historical past of Iraq”.

Nonetheless, the second time wouldn’t be till after Saddam’s execution.

“I disapprove of the act [of disposing his body next to his home]however I noticed a bunch of guards, and I requested them to keep away from the physique out of respect for the useless,” al-Kadhimi revealed within the interview.

“Sure, it [Saddam’s body] was introduced [outside al-Maliki’s house]mentioned al-Kadhimi. “Al-Maliki ordered its handover to one of many sheikhs of al-Nada tribe, Saddam Hussein’s tribe, and so it was collected from the Inexperienced Zone.”

He added that[Saddam] was buried in Tikrit. After 2012, when [the area] got here underneath the management of ISIS (ISIL), the physique was dug up and moved to a secret location nobody is aware of to today. The graves of his youngsters have been additionally tampered with.”

Previous to his premiership from Might 2020 to October 2022, al-Kadhimi served because the director of the Iraqi Nationwide Intelligence Service, and was a recognized opponent of Saddam’s rule.

In 2003, United States-led coalition forces toppled Saddam’s regime, claiming that the Iraqi president held weapons of mass destruction and maintained a relationship with al-Qaeda, a declare the US by no means proved.

After being discovered responsible of crimes in opposition to humanity, Saddam was hanged at daybreak on December 30, 2006.

Al-Maliki was the prime minister of Iraq from Might 2006 to September 2014, and was the official who signed the dying warrant of Saddam Hussein.

The president of Iraq on the time, Jalal Talabaniopposed to dying sentence onprinciple.

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