Jordan stands by Saddam Hussein's daughter

AMMAN - Jordanian Prime Minister Maaruf Bakhit warned Sunday that deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein`s daughter Raghad was under the royal family`s protection after the US-backed Iraqi government named her as among its most wanted fugitives.

"The presence of Mrs Raghad Saddam Hussein and her children in Jordan is motivated by humanitarian considerations," the premier told the official Petra news agency.

"She is the guest of the Hashemite royal family (of King Abdullah II) and under its protection as a seeker of asylum" in accordance with Arab tradition, Bakhit added.

Raghad and her mother Sajida were named on a new list of 41 "most wanted" people accused of supporting the persistent Sunni Arab insurgency against the Shiite-led Iraqi government.

Iraqi national security advisor Muwaffaq al-Rubaie told reporters in Baghdad Sunday that their extradition was being sought by his government.

07/02/2006 18:45 GMT

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