The Fight Over Saddam's Yacht
The Ocean Breeze, the lavish 269-foot yacht which once belonged to Saddam Hussein has been listed for sale for $34.45 million but now a French court has frozen the sale until the true owners can be established. The yacht has been moored at Nice since 2003 and is decorated with gold, silver, mahogany and marble (check out our gallery of the yacht from last November). The Iraq government is the chief contender for being the owner but it spent ten years in Saudi waters with 35 crew on permanent standby. Last spring the Saudis offered it to King Abdullah II of Jordan but Iraqi authorities said the yacht should be handed over to them. In the Guardian, the yacht broker Burgess, said that the sale is still going forward. Other assets of Saddam and his regime in France include two villas near Cannes.