US freezes assets of Saddam's relatives. Saddam again on TV screens
Iraq-USA, Politics, 7/22/2005
The US announced on Thursday it had frozen the assets of relatives for the toppled Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, accusing them of financing the Iraqi resistance.
The US deputy secretary of treasure for terrorism affairs, Stewart Levy, said that this "behavior target the flow of money of the former regime which supports the attacks against the coalition forces and the Iraqi people." Persons effected by this freeze are Yasser, Omar, Ayman, Ibrahim, Bashar and Saad, sons of Sab'awi Ibrahim Hassan al-Tikrity, half-brother for Saddam.
Meantime, al-Arabia satelite TV broadcast scenes showing Saddam Hussein in front of one of the investigation judges. Judge Munir Haddad was seen in the tape saying talking to Hussein saying "the crime attributed to you is transporting and confiscating sums of al-Felieyah Kurds to the Shiite." The judge indicated, according to al-Arabia, to liquidating, expulsion and imprisonment of Felieyah Kurds by the beginning of the 1980s.
The tape shows Saddam Hussein answering, in a hardly heard voice, accusing the current Iraqi government as a puppet that is moved by the Americans. Hussein says in the tape "I am detained by the new government appointed by the Americans," before he was interrupted by the judge saying that the government was "appointed by the people."
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