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Saddam nephew jailed in Baghdad
Sabawi Ibrahim Hassan al-Tikriti
Ayman Sabawi's father was also arrested in February
A nephew of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein has been sentenced to 15 years in jail by a Baghdad court for illegally crossing the Syrian border.

Ayman Sabawi, described as a supporter of the insurgency, was convicted on Monday, the US military says.

The sentence comes on top of a six-year term handed down in September, after Sabawi was found guilty of financing insurgents and making bombs.

He was arrested in May near Saddam's hometown of Tikrit.

It was initially been reported in September that Sabawi had been sentenced to life.

Ayman's father, Sabawi Ibrahim Hassan al-Tikriti, was captured in February.

Mr Tikriti is the half-brother of Saddam Hussein on his mother's side. He was captured near the Syrian border in February.

The US froze Sabawi's assets in July, along with those of five other Saddam nephews, accusing them of funding the insurgents.

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