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Saddam son-in-law surrenders

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BAGHDAD (CNN) -- Saddam Hussein's son-in-law, Jamal Mustafa Abdallah Sultan, has surrendered to the Iraqi National Congress (INC), which will hand him over to U.S. troops, the anti-Saddam group said.

Sultan, on the U.S. military's list of 55 most wanted Iraqis, would be the first close family member of Saddam's to surrender. (Full list of most wanted Iraqis)

He is in Baghdad, where he will be put in U.S. custody Sunday evening, INC spokesman Zaab Sethna said.

Sultan served as deputy head of tribal affairs under Saddam's regime, according to the U.S. military's list. Sethna said Sultan also served in the special security organization headed by Saddam's son Qusay.

Sultan was marked as the nine of clubs in the deck of playing cards featuring regime leaders that was handed out to U.S. troops. (Gallery of images from most-wanted deck)

He had fled to Syria, and "we convinced him the best thing to do would be for him to return to Iraq and surrender himself," Sethna said. "We made it clear to him he had a better chance facing a fair process, and we assured him it would be a process rather than spending his life on the run."

Sultan is Saddam's only remaining son-in-law, Sethna said. Saddam had two of his sons-in-law executed after they defected.

Also, Humam Abd al-Khaliq Abd Al-Gafar, number 54 on the U.S. Central Command's list of the 55 most wanted Iraqis, was taken into custody Saturday by coalition forces, U.S. Central Command said Sunday.

He was Iraq's minister of higher education and scientific research. He was the four of hearts in the Central Command's card deck.


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