Lebanon captures Saddam Hussein grandson in connection with the Camp Speicher terrorist atrocity – Lebanese authorities have confirmed the arrest of the grandson of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in connection with his possible involvement in one of the largest massacres perpetrated by the Islamic State jihadist organization, the 2014 slaughter of over a thousand cadets and Shiite militiamen at the Iraqi military academy Camp Speicher.
The arrest of Abdullah Yasser Sabawi al-Hasan, grandson of the dictator’s half-brother Sabawi Ibrahim al-Hasan, was finally confirmed by the Lebanese National Security Agency on Friday, following weeks of unconfirmed rumors.
Sabawi was detained on June 13 in the city of Jbeil, Lebanon, according to an Interpol arrest order for his purported ties to the Islamic State and, more particularly, his probable role to the Camp Speicher atrocity.
“We act in line with international law, the court, and the orders of exchange and extradition of fugitives between countries, particularly a brotherly country like Iraq,” said the chief of the agency, General Abbas Ibrahim, in words cited by the Lebanese news website Naharnet.
Sabawi and his family sought shelter in Lebanon in 2018, having previously resided in Yemen after the collapse of the Hussein dictatorship. According to the charge sheet compiled by Naharnet, it is still unknown if he will be extradited to Iraq for investigation of his suspected connections with Islamic State.
The Camp Speicher massacre happened on June 12, 2014, when the Islamic State slaughtered between 1,095 and 1,700 Iraqi cadets and Shia militias after taking this facility in the Iraqi province of Tikrit.
There were between 5,000 and 10,000 unarmed cadets at the camp at the time of the slaughter. The militants targeted for death Shiites and non-Muslims.
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