BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced Wednesday the arrest in Beirut of the son of Saddam Hussein’s half brother for what he said were crimes allegedly committed after the fall of the former regime.
Al-Maliki did not say when Bashar Sabawi Ibrahim Hassan al-Tikriti was arrested in the Lebanese capital or what exactly he was wanted for. The announcement said he was arrested with the assistance of Lebanese police.
“Bashar Sabawi al-Tikriti is an important element on the most wanted list due to the his ugly crimes against the Iraqi people after the fall of the former regime,” the announcement said.
It was also unclear if al-Tikriti was extradited. The announcement did not offer any other details about the arrest or about al-Tikriti’s background and age.
“The arrest of the criminal Bashar Sabawi al-Tikriti represent a successful intelligence operation which will continue chasing the former regime elements on the run and bring them back to Iraq to face fair trials,” the announcement said.
It added that «the arrest of Bashar Sabawi al-Tikriti is a message to the rest of the terrorists inside or outside Iraq and who will fall in the hands of the security forces so that they receive their appropriate punishment.”