Kamel Hana Gegeo

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Kamel Hana Gegeo (? - 18 October 1988) was an Iraqi bodyguard.

Early life[edit]

Gegeo was of Assyrian ethnicity, and an Iraqi Christian.


Gegeo was the personal bodyguard of the former president of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, and served as his valet and food taster. Gegeo is said to have introduced Saddam to his second wife, Samira Shahbandar, and arranged trysts between them.[1] Saddam's son Uday took this as an insult to his mother, Saddam's first wife.

Personal life[edit]

In early 1988, Uday Hussein attempted to murder Gegeo but did not succeed. It was for "the sake of his mother's honour".[citation needed]


On 18 October 1988, Gegeo was murdered by Uday Hussein. During a party thrown in honor of Suzanne Mubarak, the wife of President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, Uday Hussein bludgeoned Gegeo with a club in front of guests, and by some accounts, finally shot him to death, possibly acting on orders from his mother.[2][3][4] Mubarak called Uday Hussein a "psychopath".[2]

He was portrayed by Akbar Kurtha in the BBC's series House of Saddam[5] and Mem Ferda in The Devil's Double.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Obituary for Uday Saddam Hussein reporting the murder of Gegeo, FOX News(bad link)
  2. ^ a b Miller, Judith (July 23, 2003). "After the War:The Quarry; For Brutality, Hussein's sons Exceeded Even Their Father". The New York Times. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  3. ^ "Iraqi Refuses to Pardon Son". The New York Times. 27 November 1988.
  4. ^ "Uday & Qusay Hussein, Saddam's Wacky Sons". The Konformist]. August 2003
  5. ^ "House of Saddam". BBC2. Retrieved 15 January 2011.

External links[edit]

House of Saddam on IMDb