Saddam relatives applied for asylum in Sweden
According to the Swedish paper Expressen, two of Saddams cousins are allegedly living in a Swedish city. An Iraqi intelligence source, the paper has been in contact with, states that both of cousins left from their hometown Tikrit to Jordan two years ago.
The cousins allegedly realized that they could no long stay in their home country without risking being captured. In the Jordanian capital Amman, they allegedly contacted Saddam Husseins former agents to get help to escape. They wished to go to Europe, most of all to Sweden.
«The agents bought two Schengen visas for USD 30,000,» the source said. «Sweden was their first choice because they prefer the countrys humane asylum system.»
The escape allegedly went through another European country.
«They had private family pictures and other documents that confirm that they are Saddams cousins,» the source stated, who has been in contact with them. «Saddam Hussein is pictured in most of the pictures. They have gotten political asylum, and lives in a Swedish city.»
The Swedish asylum lawyer Hans Hjelmers said to the paper that Saddams relatives most likely have chosen Sweden because they know they can not be sent back to a country where they risk being executed.
The cousins are allegedly wanted both by the US and the Iraqi government. According to Expressens source, the cousins were generals in Saddams army. They are considered to be among the ex-dictators closest allies, and they may have much valuable information.
The paper contacted representatives for the Swedish immigration authorities, but no one wanted to confirm whether or not Saddams two cousins had received political asylum. Ulla Petersson Imnell, head of information, said that all applications are considered individually regardless of who they may be.
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