Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Iraqi man files suit against Saddam
Thursday, November 13, 2003
An Iraqi man has filed a federal lawsuit in Pittsburgh against Saddam Hussein, nine of his henchmen and the estates of the dictator's two dead sons because he said he was tortured for 30 days in a Baghdad prison in 1991.
Abdullah K. Alkhuzai, 32, of Pittsburgh's Overbrook section, filed the lawsuit seeking more than $75,000 in damages on numerous counts under the Alien Tort Claims Act, and the Torture Victims Protection Act.
Alkhuzai, an alien who has been a permanent U.S. resident since September 1994, contended in the lawsuit that his family had opposed Saddam's regime and that he was captured during an uprising in Nasiriyah in March 1991.
The lawsuit said the henchmen, including Saddam's cousin, Ali Hassan al-Majid, also known as "Chemical Ali," are believed to be detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Alkhuzai's attorney, Regis McClelland, said the lawsuit, which also names the Republic of Iraq as a defendant, is seeking the regime's Iraqi assets wherever they may be in the world.