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Man accused of Iraq woman murder

Bungalow in Rottingdean after the fire
The body of Pauline Knowles-Samarraie was found after the fire

A 40-year-old man has been charged with murder of a woman whose body was found after a bungalow fire in East Sussex.

Mohammed Soboh, of Grand Crescent, Rottingdean, was charged by police on Friday evening.

He is being held in custody and was due to appear before Brighton magistrates on Saturday morning.

The body of Pauline Knowles-Samarraie, 72, who had survived Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq, was found after a blaze in Grand Crescent on 22 April.

Post-mortem tests showed the elderly woman, originally from Halifax in West Yorkshire, died of head injuries.

Family killed

Mrs Pauline Knowles-Samarraie's husband and son were executed by Saddam Hussein in the 1980s.

She met her Iraqi husband, Munem, in her native Halifax, where he was studying A-levels.

Her husband, who had become an oil minister, was killed in 1986 on Saddam's orders at Abu Ghraib prison.

Years after fleeing Iraq with her daughter, Mrs Knowles-Samarraie discovered that her son, Mazin, had been hanged in 1988.

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