This is the moment the body of Izzat al-Douri – known as the King of Clubs and former chief aide to Saddam Hussein – was handed over to authorities after being killed in a gunfight.
The ISIS commander arrived in Baghdad in a glass coffin, surrounded by a jostling crowd.
Scenes of the body being carried through the street were broadcast on state TV, with the body then taken to the Health Ministry.
It is understood that Douri had been killed while fighting government-backed troops on Friday.
DNA tests have since proved the body is that of Douri’s.
Jaafar Al-Husseini, a military spokesman for Kataib Hizbollah militia which held the body, said: “The body of the criminal Ezzat al-Douri was handed over today to the Iraqi government.
“The body was handed over to a delegation representing the Iraqi government and human rights committee.
“We verified that the body is of Ezzat al-Douri and we have carried out scientific tests and he was identified by witnesses who met with Douri before.”
After the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, Douri was ranked sixth on the US military’s list of 55 most wanted Iraqis and a 10 million US dollars reward was offered for his capture.
Iraqi and US officials accused him of organising and leading the insurgency that swept the country in 2005-07.
Baghdad has mistakenly announced Douri’s death more than once before, but this time photographs are circulating of a man that bears some resemblance to him.
An exiled spokesman for Saddam’s outlawed Baath Party, of which Douri later became head, denied he had been killed, although he offered no evidence the insurgent leader was still alive.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor