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2 cars owned by Saddam's son confiscated north of Kut.

WASSIT / Aswat al-Iraq: A security force confiscated two precious Rolls Royce vehicles owned by Uday, the son of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, in a house north of al-Kut city on Sunday, a local security source in Wassit said.

"A security force raided a house in al-Zubaydiya area, (75 km) north of Kut, and confiscated two cars used to be owned by Uday Saddam Hussein," the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

"The two Rolls Royce vehicles, $250,000 each, had been stolen during the chaos that swept Iraq right after the former regime was unseated in 2003," he added, not giving further details.

Uday, born on June 18, 1964, was known for his flair for collecting fancy and unusual vehicles. He was known to have had a fleet of them.

Uday, Saddam's elder son, was killed along with his younger brother Qusay and his nephew Mostafa, by U.S. security forces after a brief violent gunfight in Mosul city on July 23, 2003. He ranked third on the U.S. pack of cards of wanted figures of the former regime

He had led a division named Fedayeen Saddam, founded by his father, which was notorious for its brutal practices. He also chaired the Iraqi Olympic Committee (IOC) and occupied the post of chairman of the Iraqi press syndicate for several years.

Uday produced the newspaper Babel and a local Iraqi TV channel called "Al-shabab TV". He was briefly married to the daughter of Izzat Ibrahim al-Dori, who was Vice President and Deputy Chairman of the Revolutionary Command Council, but later divorced her.

Uday is known to have used a body double named Latif Yahia.

Yahia attended the same school as Uday when they were children (from approximately age 12 onwards) and it is alleged that he was forcibly recruited and 'groomed' as Uday's double around the same time.

It is also claimed that, as he grew older, Yahia underwent extensive plastic surgery to enhance his resemblance to Uday. After surviving eleven assassination attempts targeted at Uday, Yahia successfully fled Iraq in December 1991.

Yahia wrote a book detailing his life and the life he lived as Uday's body double in his book The Devil's Double. Bearing the same name, a movie is being filmed in Malta. Yahia's story never received much widespread media coverage until after the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

AmR (S)

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Date:Jul 11, 2010
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