US hands over Saddam’s two half-brothers to Iraq

July 15th, 2011 - 9:34 pm ICT by IANS  

Baghdad, July 15 (IANS) Iraq Friday said the US military has delivered 196 prisoners to Iraqi authorities, including two half-brothers of former president Saddam Hussein.

The 196 people had been detained at the Camp Cropper near the Baghdad International Airport, Xinhua reported.

Iraq’s justice ministry said in a statement that it received the detainees Thursday.

Among them were five top officials of the Saddam regime including his two half-brothers - Sabaawi Ibrahim al-Hassan and Watban Ibrahim al-Hassan - and former defence minister Sultan Hashim.

A justice ministry spokesman told CNN that all five were tried and sentenced to death and are expected to be executed within a month.

The US military has been turning over bases, jails and prisoners to Iraq, as the scheduled deadline - Dec 31 - for full withdrawal approaches.

Camp Cropper is a detention centre built in 2006. It held a total of 206 inmates. After Thursday’s release, the 10 remaining detainees are waiting for paperwork.

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