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Judge flees Iraq after sentencing Saddam

world Updated: Jun 04, 2007 17:21 IST

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The Iraqi judge who sentenced Iraq's ousted president Saddam Hussein to death has fled Iraq seeking asylum in Britain.

Raouf Abdel-Rahman, a member of Iraq's Kurdish minority, has requested political asylum in Britain with his family, the Arabic language al-Jazeera news broadcaster reported on Friday.

Abdel-Rahman headed the Supreme Iraq Criminal Tribunal that heard Saddam's genocide trial and found him guilty, leading to his execution.

Saddam, who was put to death in December, was found guilty of killing more than a hundred Shiite Iraqis in the village of Dujail following a failed assassination attempt on him.