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Saddam's Brother Dies of Cancer Before Execution Carried Out

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By Alexandra Ward   |   Tuesday, 09 Jul 2013 07:16 AM

Saddam Hussein's half-brother, who served as the Iraqi dictator's head of security and adviser and was facing execution, died of cancer Monday in a Baghdad hospital.

Sabawi Ibrahim al-Hassan, who was captured in 2005 and sentenced to death for "murder and crimes against the Iraqi people," was transferred to the hospital from prison after his condition worsened, justice ministry spokesman Wissam al-Fraiji told Fox News.

Al-Hassan served under Hussein as Iraq's head of intelligence and security during the 1991 Persian Gulf War and continued to run the security service until 1996, when he took the presidential adviser post, the justice ministry said.

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He was accused of directing and financing insurgency operations from Syria and, at one point in 2005, was ranked No. 36 on the U.S. list of 55 most-wanted Iraqis.

Al-Hassan was eventually captured in Syria and deported back to Iraq. He was sentenced to death by hanging in March 2009.

Hussein was captured in 2003 and found guilty of killing 148 Iraqi Shiites. He was executed in December 2006.

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