Comment : Odai Hussein is son of Lawyer Sadam Hussein.

Saddam son's newspaper banned
20/11/2002 - 3:42:17 pm

A newspaper owned by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s brutal eldest son Odai has been shut down after the Information Ministry accused it of breaching publication laws.

The paper was ordered shut down for 30 days for violating the regulations,” said an Iraqi official. He declined to give further details.

Media is tightly controlled in Iraq, but this ban was unusual because the Arabic daily is owned by Odai Saddam Hussein, who wields considerable influence in the Iraqi hierarchy and was once thought to be the strongest candidate to succeed his father as president.

Babil, established 12 years ago, is one of five Iraqi dailies. It has an estimated circulation of up to 25,000.

Odai Saddam Hussein is a prominent figure in Iraq, regularly writing anti-American editorials in Babil and appearing on television. His media interests include Youth TV.

In 2000, he won election to parliament, claiming 99.99% of the vote in his constituency.

He also has a reputation for brutality, making him more feared in Iraq than his father.


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: 01/20/03]

Saddam's son accused of torturing athletes

Associated Press

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- The International Olympic Committee said Monday it was investigating allegations that Saddam Hussein's eldest son Odai, who heads Iraq's Olympic association, tortured and jailed athletes.

"We're received the complaint and we're dealing with it," IOC Ethics Commission official Paquerette Girard Zappelli told The Associated Press. She said she could not comment further while the inquiry was under way.

In December, Indict, a London-based human rights group, lodged a complaint formally demanding that the IOC expel the Iraqi National Olympic Committee from its ranks. Citing witness statements by exiled Iraqi athletes and United Nations reports, Indict said the Iraqi committee was in violation of the IOC code of ethics.

The group claimed Odai Saddam Hussein once made a group of track athletes crawl on newly poured asphalt while they were beaten and ordered that some be thrown off a bridge. It also alleged he ran a special prison for sportsmen who offended him.

The Iraqi committee also participated in the looting of Kuwait during Saddam's 1990-1991 occupation of that country and continues to run front companies that are used to duck U.N. sanctions, Indict claimed.

Indict, which receives three-quarters of its funding from the U.S. Congress, was set up in 1997 to try to get Saddam and leading members of his regime brought before an international tribunal on charges of crimes against humanity.

The IOC Ethics Commission, whose members include U.S. athlete Ed Moses and former U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, previously suspended Afghanistan's national committee because the country's former Taliban regime barred women from sports.

The ethic commission was set up in 1999, largely to monitor the behavior of IOC members in the wake of a bribery and corruption scandal that swept the Olympic movement.


Odai Saddam Hussein nominates himself for parliamentary elections
Iraq, Politics, 3/9/2000

The Iraqi dailies issued on Wednesday said that Odai Saddam Hussein, the oldest son of the Iraqi president, has nominated himself for the parliamentary elections to elect members of the Iraqi National Council due on March 27.

The Iraqi papers mentioned the name of Ode Saddam Hussein (35) among nine candidates who are competing in the fifth electoral region in the capital, Baghdad, including the chairman of the national council, Sadoun Hammadi.

This is the first time the son of the Iraqi president has nominated himself for membership in the Iraqi National Council.

The fifth legislative elections in Iraqi since 1968 will permit the election of 250 members at the National Council for a term of four years of office.

The current session was elected in 1996. It is controlled by the Baath Party. Elections will be held in different parts of Iraq with the exception of three Kurdish provinces in the north which are not subjected to the central authority of Baghdad since the Gulf War in 1991.

Odai, who is an engineer and has a BA in political science from Baghdad University, holds the post of the chairman of the national Olympic committee in Iraq as well his posts as chairman of the Iraqi Journalists Union and the unions of students and youths. He also supervises Iraqi television and radio and several papers and weeklies.

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Odai Hussein ( Assassinated )

Son of Sadam Hussein

Engineer and Industrialist