Iraq asks Jordan to extradite Saddam’s daughter, Ba’athi veterans

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Raghad Hussein, Saddam’s eldest daughter, has been living in Amman as a “guest of the royal family” since leaving Iraq in 2003, when US and British forces invaded Iraq and ousted Saddam.

Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari made the request in a statement following a meeting between the Jordanian consul in the city of Irbil and senior Iraqi officials on Wednesday. 

“Iraq asked Jordan to coordinate the extradition of people residing in its territory who are wanted by the Iraqi judicial system,” Jaafari said.

The Jordanian royal family has already rejected the Iraqi government’s demand to extradite the 47-year-old Raghad. 

Baghdad wants the former Iraqi dictator’s daughter to be tried for financing terror movements and supporting militant groups fighting to topple the Iraqi government.

Raghad, who is also known as Little Saddam for her similarities to her father, has openly pledged her support for the Takfiri Daesh terror group.

In 2010, international police body Interpol issued an arrest warrant for Raghad for funding terrorism in Iraq.

She reportedly has an extravagant lifestyle in Jordan and established a jewelry line, which she said is inspired by her father and her husband Hussein Kamel al-Majid who was murdered by Saddam.

The Iraqi government also accused veterans of Saddam’s Ba’athist party who live in Jordan of supporting terrorist groups and being involved in money laundering.

Reports say officers serving under Saddam’s rule are in charge of top positions in the ranks of Daesh wreaking havoc in the Arab country since 2014.

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