Dying Man Who Aided Saddam Denied Bid For Freedom


Salon Staff
March 2, 2012 5:45AM (UTC)

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area man convicted of helping Iraq during the regime of Saddam Hussein has failed to persuade a judge to help him go home to die.

Detroit federal Judge Nancy Edmunds said Thursday she has no authority to intervene in a matter that's up to prison officials. Doctors say Najib Shemami has cancer and less than four months to live.

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Officials at a federal prison in Butner, N.C., say Shemami might commit more crimes if released. The warden has declined to approve his release.

The 62-year-old Shemami has served about a year of a 46-month sentence for passing sensitive information to Iraq. He informed about military movements in Turkey before the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that overthrew Saddam.

Shemami's relatives say he'd live with them in Oakland Township if released.


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