Lebanese General Security arrested Abdullah Yasser Sabawi, the grandson of Saddam Hussein’s half-brother Sabawi Ibrahim al-Tikriti, who is accused of involvement in the 2014 Camp Speicher massacre in Iraq.
“He is involved in criminal operations that resulted in the death of thousands of innocents, based on an Interpol warrant that has been enforced by the relevant Lebanese security agencies,” General Security chief General Abbas Ibrahim told Iraq’s IMN TV.
“We work under the international law, the judiciary, and the warrants of exchanging and extraditing fugitives among nations, especially a brotherly country like Iraq,” Ibrahim added.
The general stressed the must of implementing the law without any pressure. “This is our duty towards our people in Iraq,” he added.
According to media reports, Sabawi, age 27, had sought refuge in Lebanon in 2018 along with his family, after having lived in Yemen in the wake of the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime.
Lebanese authorities raided Sabawi’s apartment in the Lebanese city of Jbeil and arrested him on charges of collaborating with the Islamic State group, based on a request from Iraqi authorities.
The Camp Speicher massacre occurred on June 12, 2014, when the Islamic State group killed up to 1,700 Iraqi cadets in an attack on Camp Speicher in Tikrit, Iraq.
At the time of the massacre, there were between 5,000 and 10,000 unarmed cadets in the camp and the IS fighters selected the Shiites and non-Muslims for execution.
It is the second deadliest act of terrorism in history, only surpassed by the 9/11 attacks.