U.S. Acts to Block Hussein Family Assets
WASHINGTON (AP) _ The U.S. Treasury acted Thursday to freeze property or other assets in the United States of six sons of the half brother of deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. The half brother is Sabawi Ibrahim Hasan al-Tikriti, who was captured earlier this year.
``This action targets the money flows of former regime elements actively supporting attacks against coalition forces and the Iraqi people,″ said Stuart Levey, the Treasury’s Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.
Treasury did not provide any estimate of what the property or other assets are worth.
The sons designated by Treasury are Yasir Sabawi Ibrahim Hasan al-Tikriti, Omar Sabawi Ibrahim Hasan al-Tikriti, Ayman Sabawi Ibrahim Hasan al-Tikriti, Ibrahim Sabawi Ibrahim Hasan al-Tikriti, Bashar Sabawi Ibrahim Hassan al-Tikriti and S’ad Sabawi Ibrahim Hasan al-Tikriti.
The announcement said the government has information indicating that Yasir, Omar, Ayman and Bashar provided support to elements of the former Baathist government and to groups carrying out attacks against Iraq and coalition forces as well as against Iraqi citizens.
Yasir, Omar and Bashar also directed a number of anti-coalition activities in Iraq and maintained communication with several insurgent groups throughout northern and central Iraq, the U.S. government said.
Yasir also transferred a large sum of money to Saddam’s wife, Sajda Khayrallah Tilfah, who is living in Jordan, the Treasury said.
Treasury said it acted under an executive order that blocks property and interests of senior officials of the former Iraqi government within the possession or control of U.S. persons.
The department said it was submitting the names of the six individuals to the United Nations with the recommendation that they be listed under a resolution that requires U.N. member states to identify, freeze and transfer to a development fund assets of senior members of the former Iraqi government and their immediate family members.
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