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16:23 | 2012-04-10


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Iraqi MP: Qatar Shelters Saddam's Vice-President

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iraqi legislator revealed on Tuesday that Qatar has sheltered former Saddam Hussein regime's Vice-President Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri who has recently released some footage against the Iraqi government.

"Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, the first vice-president of the executed Iraqi dictator and the current head of the dissolved Baath party has recorded his recent video footage in Qatar," Izzat Shabandar told FNA.

He said that based on intelligence sources, al-Douri has recorded the footage in Qatar late March and he had been in Qatar before that.

Shabandar blasted the Qatari government for its positions and its assistance to the Baath party officials, and said it was an unfriendly behavior and if it is proved that Doha has sheltered al-Douri, the Iraqi government and nation will take a proper position against that country.

A video posted online Saturday purported to show the highest-ranking fugitive member of Saddam Hussein's ousted regime lashing out against Iraq's Shiite-led government.

It was not possible to verify the authenticity of the video or determine when it was made.

The man in the video, which was posted on a website linked to Saddam's outlawed Baath party, was introduced as Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri. He bore a striking physical resemblance to the former Saddam deputy. He noted that nine years had passed since the 2003 US-led invasion, suggesting the video was made recently.

The man resembling al-Douri sat in a Saddam-era uniform in front of the old Iraqi flag, flanked by a group of bodyguards, just as he did when delivering speeches in the past.

Al-Douri was the deputy head of Iraq's Revolutionary Command Council under Saddam, who was toppled after the US-led invasion in 2003. He took over the Baath Party leadership after Saddam was executed in 2006.