Iraq bringing home Saddam yacht

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January 20, 2009 22:05

 
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Saddam Hussein's luxury yacht will be towed from Greece to a port in southern Iraq after the resolution of a legal dispute over its ownership, the Iraqi government said Tuesday. The former dictator's 269-foot (82-meter) yacht is fitted with swimming pools, salons, a secret escape passage and a rocket-launching system. French authorities seized the boat on Jan. 31, 2008, after it docked in Nice on the Mediterranean coast. The yacht remained there while courts settled a row over the ship's ownership. The yacht is currently in Greece and maintenance work is about finished so the vessel can be returned to Iraq, said Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh.

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