Ayman Sabawi, a nephew of Saddam Hussein, was sentenced yesterday to life in prison for funding Iraq's insurgency and for bomb-making.
Sabawi was captured in May by security forces, during a raid on Tikrit. His father, Al-Hassan, served as a presidential adviser was captured there two months earlier.
The odd thing about this sentence is that the Iraqi authorities had not announced that Sabawi's trial was in fact under way.
Sabawi will face a second trial beginning November 1st for other, unspecified crimes to which he allegedly confessed during pretrial interrogation.