posted on May, 6 2003 @ 05:11 AM
May 5 — In the hours before American bombs began falling on the Iraqi capital, one of President Saddam Hussein's sons and a close adviser carried off
nearly $1 billion in cash from the country's Central Bank, according to American and Iraqi officials here.
The removal of the money, which would amount to one of the largest bank robberies in history, was performed under the direct orders of Mr. Hussein,
according to an Iraqi official with knowledge of the incident. The official, who asked not to be identified, said that no financial rationale had been
offered for removing the money from the bank's vaults, and that no one had been told where the money would be taken.
"When you get an order from Saddam Hussein, you do not discuss it," said the Iraqi official, who held a senior position in a bank under Mr.
Hussein's government. He said he had been told about the seizure of the cash by the Iraqi financial officials who had turned over the money to Mr.
Hussein's son and the adviser.
NY Times Report