U.S. hands Saddam's two half-brothers over to Iraq

12:03, July 16, 2011      

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Iraq announced on Friday that the U.S. military has delivered 196 prisoners detained at the Camp Cropper near Baghdad International Airport to Iraqi control, including two half-brothers of former president Saddam Hussein.

Iraq's Justice Ministry said in a statement that it received the detainees on Thursday, among whom were five top officials of Saddam regime including Saddam's two half brothers Sabaawi Ibrahim al-Hassan and Watban Ibrahim al-Hassan, and former defense minister Sultan Hashim.

The five top officials have been sentenced to death.

The U.S. military has been turning over bases, jails and prisoners to Iraqi authorities, as the scheduled deadline of full withdrawal on Dec. 31 is drawing.

Camp Cropper, a detention center built in 2006, had guarded thousands of prisoners and most of the them were handed over to Iraqi authorities last July.

Merely 206 inmates had been left at the camp since last July and 196 of them were handed over to the Iraqi side on Thursday.

The 10 remaining detainees are waiting for paperwork.

Source: Xinhua
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