Daughter wants to visit Saddam

Saddam Hussein's eldest daughter Raghad has said she is looking into the legalities of visiting her father, who was captured over the weekend by US forces in Iraq.

    Raghad says there was no contact with Saddam before his capture

    "The legal measures are being studied to enable me to visit my father," she told the Saudi-owned Al-Hayat newspaper.

    "Before his capture, there was never any contact with him and I don't expect any contact now," said Raghad, who lives in Jordan with her sister Rana and their children where they were granted asylum after the US-led war to oust Saddam.

    "I don't doubt that they want to humiliate him (Saddam)," she said. 

    Raghad told Al-Arabiya television on Tuesday that Saddam Hussein had to have been drugged before he was captured by US forces.

    "Saddam Hussein is still my father. Every honourable person, and every person who knows him or knew him... knows that the person on the television was a drugged Saddam Hussein," she said. 

    The 66-year-old former Iraqi president was captured by US forces on Saturday night after they allegedly found him hiding down a hole near his hometown, Tikrit.

    SOURCE: AFP


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