Saddam's Ex-Finance Minister Taken into Custody in Baghdad

Politics | April 19, 2003, Saturday // 00:00
Saddam's Ex-Finance Minister Taken into Custody in Baghdad Iraqi Finance Minister Hikmat al-Azzawi has been captured in Baghdad U.S. officials said Saturday. Photo by AP

Iraqi police arrested Saddam Hussein's former finance minister and turned him over to the Marines, the U.S. Central Command said Saturday.
Hikmat Mizban Ibrahim al-Azzawi, who also served as a deputy prime minister, was apprehended Friday in Baghdad, the command said.

Hikmat Ibrahim al-Azzawi was number 45 on a list of 55 Saddam supporters most wanted by the United States and was also a deputy prime minister.

Azzawi was the eight of diamonds in a deck of cards issued to U.S. troops hunting the overthrown Iraqi administration.

He was captured the same day that one of Saddam's top scientists - depicted as the mastermind of Iraq's nerve agent program - turned himself in to the Americans. The apprehension of Emad Husayn Abdullah al-Ani raised hopes of a breakthrough in the as-yet-fruitless search for banned chemical and biological weapons inside Iraq.

Other figures from the most-wanted list captured previously include Saddam's top science adviser, Lt. Gen. Amer al-Saadi; Saddam's half brothers Watban Ibrahim Hasan and Barzan Ibrahim Hasan, and Samir Abd al-Aziz al-Najim, a senior leader of Saddam's toppled Baath party.

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