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Saddam's brother 'rejects deal'


- News24

( Wednesday, December 28, 2005 )

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"Dulaimi claims Barzan was "tortured" when he refused to co-operate with the US."


The United States offered a "political" post to Saddam Hussein's half-brother in exchange for testimony against the former dictator, his lawyer said in an interview on Monday.

Saddam's lawyer, Khalil al-Dulaimi told the Jordanian Al Arab Al Yawm newspaper that Saddam's brother, Barzan al-Takriti, made the allegations on Thursday, in a closed session of the Iraqi court trying Saddam and seven co-defendants. Barzan is among those being tried.

Barzan said: "The Americans offered me a political position in return for testimony against the president (Saddam). I refused and told them it would be impossible to testify against the president.

"Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti would never betray his eldest brother Saddam Hussein not only because he is his brother but because he is also the president". Dulaimi claims Barzan was "tortured" when he refused to co-operate with the US.

"Barzan said that the Americans tortured him and put a lot of pressure on him because they wanted him to give them details on $36bn which they said were in Saddam's possession."

Saddam has also charged he was tortured while in US detention. The allegations have been dismissed as "bogus" by the US.

Saddam, Barzan and six other co-defendants are on trial for the murder of 148 Shi'ite villagers. They have pleaded not guilty, facing the death penalty if convicted.

The trial is set to resume on January 24.

Saddam Hussein sits between his half-brothers Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti (R) Watban Ibrahim Hassan al-Tikriti (L) in Baghdad in this December 27, 1999 photo
Saddam Hussein sits between his half-brothers Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti (R) Watban Ibrahim Hassan al-Tikriti (L) in Baghdad in this December 27, 1999 photo.
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